Wondrous Words Wednesday
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All of my words this week come from The Half-Mammals of Dixie by George Singleton.
1. tribological – “From there it gets technical and honed-in and somewhat tribological.”
Tribology is a study that deals with the design, friction, wear and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion (as in bearings or gears). No wonder I didn’t know this word – I’m still not sure I understand it.
2. plastrons – “Here was my first vision: I wondered what the poor hooked turtles nearby thought as they gave up any idea of surviving, as they quit surfacing for air and remained limbolike, arms and legs splayed outward, hook-mouthed, their plastrons faced our way like stopped wall clocks.”
Plastron has several meanings, but the one that fits this sentence is the ventral part of the shell of a tortoise or turtle consisting typically of nine symmetrically placed bones overlaid by horny plates. I think I can use this word, since the ponds in our neighborhood are loaded with turtles.
3. parlay– “I get my ball and try to remember watching Sunday bowling on TV when the football teams on other stations didn’t concern me, like when I didn’t have a parlay card penciled in.”
The only meaning of parlay that I knew is to increase or otherwise transform into something of much greater value and that didn’t seem to fit this sentence, so I decided to look it up. Parlay can also mean a series of two or more bets so set up in advance that the original stakes plus its winnings are risked on the successive wagers – I suspect that’s what the sentence is referring to.
Have you discovered any new words lately?