Wondrous Words Wednesday
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All of my words this week came from Faith by Jennifer Haigh.
1. friable – “And yet somehow, he came through unscathed; his own masculinity, however stunted and friable, was never questioned.”
Friable is an adjective that means easily crumbled or pulverized: fragile.
2. gantry – “It’s a place I’ve always disliked – its shiny brass gantry, its canned Irishness – but it’s close to school and to a subway stop, handy since a few of us will inevitably overimbibe.”
I felt like I should know gantry, but I didn’t. Gantry has several meanings, but I think the meaning in this case is a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something.
3. diaconate – “For the diaconate year, as his classmates dispersed to local parishes, he was sent to a shelter in the city’s South End.”
Diaconate is the office or period of office of a deacon or deaconess.