Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun. Here are some new words that I’ve discovered recently:
1. solipsistic – Dan Simmons used this in Drood like this: “And what price would we writers pay for that one extra day spent with those we ignored while we were locked away scratching and squiggling in our arrogant years of solipsistic isolation?”
Solipsistic comes from solipsism which means the theory or view that the self is the only reality.
2. peroration – This word is from Drood as well and it was used like this: “But it was his brief peroration that seemed wistful, almost lonely.”
Peroration means a discourse or rhetorical argument.
3. ferruled – You’ll be happy to know this is the last word I found in Drood. Here’s how it was used: The ferruled base of his cane swung with a sweet, summery swish-swish against the tall grass to either side of the path.”
A ferrule is a metal band or cap placed around a shaft to reinforce it or prevent it from splitting.
What new words have you discovered lately?