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.) All of my words this week came from Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
1. bowdlerize– “But despite bowdlerizing content, my family has been entirely faithful about visiting.”
Bowdlerize means to modify by abridging, simplifying, or distorting in style or content.
2. cresol – “It’s caused by a cresol compound used by a manufacturer.”
Cresol is any of three poisonous colorless crystalline or liquid isomeric phenols. I don’t know what all of that means, but I do understand that it’s poison.
3. surcingle– “They wear no halters, no side reins, no surcingles – nothing.”
A surcingle is a belt, band, or girth passing around the body of a horse to bind a saddle or pack fast to the horse’s back.
Have you come across any new words lately?