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, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky! This four-letter word edition comes from my Word-a-Day calendar.
1. eyas– “It took about six weeks for the eyas to mature into a full-grown peregrine falcon.”
Eyas ia an unfledged bird; specifically: a nesting hawk.
2. hare – “Watching out for icy patches, Andrew hared along the country road on his motorbike.”
I knew hare as a noun, but don’t recall seeing it used as a verb before. Hare means to go swiftly: tear.
3. hoke– “Sappy music and melodramatic acting combine to hoke up the movie’s romantic sequences.”
Hoke means to give a contrived or falsely impressive quality to – usually used with up. Hoke comes from “hokum.” “Hokey” (not to be confused with Hokie!) is a related word and is used to describe something corny or phony.
4. grok– “Governments often get the details wrong, but they grok the general idea.” – – Bruce Schneier, Secrets & Lies
Grok means to understand profoundly and intuitively. This word came from Robert A. Heinlein’s 1961 science fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land.