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 Word-a-Day calendar.
1. fustigate – “Hernandez missed most of the preseason practices because of an ankle sprain, and he fustigated himself for committing seven turnovers.” — Jorge Ortiz, San Francisco Chronicle, November 2004
Fustigate felt familiar to me, but I couldn’t define it. It can mean to beat with or as if with a short heavy club, but in this case, it means to criticize severely. Maybe I can remember this word since it sounds like fuss.
2. umami – “Grilled artichokes bathed in anchovy butter make you suck the tender leaves for just one more hit of umami.” — Associated Press, July 15, 2009
Not surprisingly, umami has its roots in Japanese, and is a noun that means a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides.
3. bombinate– “For one reason or another, this veteran conductor has never had a publicity machine bombinating away on his behalf.” — The Boston Globe, December 2, 2000
Bombinate means to buzz or drone.
Have you come across any new words lately?