Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun! (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)
All of my words this week come from Day for Night by Frederick Reiken.
1.tautology – “It’s a tautology, I explained, not a connection, but Mr. Hotshot had failed geometry and had no aptitude for concepts of formal logic.”
Tautology is a needless repetition of an idea, statement, or word.
2. apotropaic – “The funny sayings, the Yiddish doublespeak, which he called “apotropaic” and which, depending on my mood, I called either superstition or precaution.”
Apotropaic means designed to avert evil.
3. tractates– “I explained that certain Talmudic tractates that pertain to mourning are referred to as Semakhos or “happy times.””
I should have been able to figure this word out! A tractate is tract (a small booklet used for promotional or informational purposes) or a treatise.
Have you discovered any new words lately?