Wondrous Words Wednesday
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I found several new to me words in The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers and will share three of them today.
1. connex – “We hoped that she’d been happy, that she took advantage of her special status before she inevitably arrived under that falling mortar, having gone out to hang her freshly washed uniform on a line behind her connex.”
Connex isn’t in my dictionary, but according to dictionary.com it means a large metal cargo container used by the U. S. Army for shipping supplies, as to overseas bases.
2. notional – “Mere outlines took shape, and the city, vague and notional at night, became a contoured and substantial thing before us.”
After I looked it up, I realized notional makes perfect sense. It means theoretical or speculative.
3. wadi – “I can reach to my cheek and for a moment remember how the skin was unblemished, then torn, and then healed below my eye like a wadi in miniature.”
In this case, I believe wadi means a shallow usually sharply defined depression in a desert region.