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, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky! All of my words this week come from my Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
1. heuristic – “Only this time, he was the patient, and it was my heuristic I would invoke.”
Heurestic is an adjective that means involving or serving as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods.
2. glottic – “I heard the muted, glottic, honking cough coming from the infant slung to her back in a shama, papoose fashion.”
Glottic sounded really familiar to me, but I couldn’t define it, so I looked it up. It means pertaining to the glottis or the tongue. So, what is the glottis? It’s the elongated space between the vocal chords.
3. tiffin carrier– “She was appreciative of the tiffin carrier of food Almaz and Hema sent for her, but the barrier she put up around herself remained.”
When I came across this sentence, I thought tiffin was the word to look up. I discovered it means a light midday meal and somehow, that didn’t feel right to me. I decided to dig a little deeper and discovered that it was actually tiffin carrier I should be looking up. According to wikipedia, the lunchbox the midday meal is carried in is referred to as a tiffin carrier. If you search for pictures of tiffin carriers, you’ll see that some of them are pretty elaborate.
Have you come across any new words lately?