Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!
My first two words this week came from Rather Outspoken by Dan Rather.
1. libretto – “Ziegler’s job was to go forth and speak from whatever libretto they handed him.”
Rather is using libretto figuratively since it means the text of a work (as an opera) for the musical theater or the book containing a libretto.
2. internecine – “There was surely the “big picture” story – the kind you read in the history books – of sweeping troop offensives, counteroffensives, internecine rivalry within the government and diplomatic maneuvering.”
Internecine means marked by slaughter: deadly.
My third word this week comes from Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook.
3. chiasmus – “Morning, noon, and night, my brother is pretty much a chiasmus machine, a chiasmus machine is pretty much my brother, morning, noon, and night.”
This word was actually defined in the book three pages after it appeared. “A chiasmus is when the second half of an expression is balanced against the first half, but with the parts reversed.” A famous example of a chiasmus is credited to Mae West – It’s not the men in my life, it’s the life in my men.
What words do you want to celebrate today?