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, and join the fun! (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)
My first word this week came from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
1. deleterious – “’As he would say, “To use the dreaded word ‘cancer’ in connection with any clinical procedure on an ill person is potentially deleterious to that patient’s well-being, because it may suggest to him (rightly or wrongly) that his diagnosis is cancer or that his prognosis is poor.”
I had a good idea of what deleterious meant from the content, but decided to look it up to be sure. Deleterious means harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way.
The next two words came from The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff.
2. kilim – “Each workroom had a daybed covered with kilims.”
I suspected a kilim was some type of bedspread and discovered that it’s a pileless handwoven reversible rug or covering made in Turkey, Kurdistan, the Caucuses, Iran, and Western Kurdistan.
3. lucerne– “He’d lie in the lucerne grass and watch the kite floating above the bog, the spool of string clamped between his knees.”
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I was surprised to discover that lucerne is alfalfa.
What new words have you encountered lately?