Wondrous Words Wednesday
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All of my words this week came from The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis.
1. crosier – “Nearby stood a marble statue, slightly larger than life, of Gennaro in full regalia, two fingers of one hand lifted in blessing, a crosier resting in the crook of his arm.”
A crosier is a staff resembling a shepherd’s crook carried by bishops and abbots as a symbol of office.
2. merlon – “Charles had valued protection over elegance: each corner of the castle which he called the Maschio Angiono, the Angevin Keep, was reinforced by vast cylindrical towers, their toothy merlons jutting against the sky .”
I thought I knew this one from the context, and looked it up and discovered that I was right. A merlon is any of the solid intervals between crenellations of a battlement.
3. declension – “As we passed by the classroom, I solemnly began the declension of our current favourite verb.”
I thought declension might be similar to conjugate, but I was wrong. Declension means a noun, adjective, pronoun inflection especially in some prescribed order of the forms. I have to admit that I didn’t really understand declension after reading that definition, but this article in Wikipedia helped clear it up a little.