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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 20, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   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 came from Faith by Jennifer Haigh.

1. friable – “And yet somehow, he came through unscathed; his own masculinity, however stunted and friable, was never questioned.”

Friable is an adjective that means easily crumbled or pulverized: fragile.


2. gantry – “It’s a place I’ve always disliked – its shiny brass gantry, its canned Irishness – but it’s close to school and to a subway stop, handy since a few of us will inevitably overimbibe.”

I felt like I should know gantry, but I didn’t.  Gantry has several meanings, but I think the meaning in this case is a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something.


3. diaconate – “For the diaconate year, as his classmates dispersed to local parishes, he was sent to a shelter in the city’s South End.”

Diaconate is the office or period of office of a deacon or deaconess.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

24 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2012 6:17 am

    Oh, I like! Man, friable is a total gem. Using it, stat!

  2. June 20, 2012 7:21 am

    All really new words for me. Can only think of Elmer Gantry a book and movie.

  3. June 20, 2012 8:14 am

    Sounds like your book is set in Irish Catholic Boston!!! Off to check Faith out and add to my TBR list.
    All new words to me as well!

  4. kaye permalink
    June 20, 2012 8:30 am

    I knew friable but the other two were new to me. Good choices this week!

  5. June 20, 2012 8:35 am

    I felt the same about gantry..the others I knew.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 20, 2012 9:31 am

    I knew gantry, but the others were new to me.

  7. bookingmama permalink
    June 20, 2012 10:29 am

    I only knew the last one!!!!

  8. June 20, 2012 10:30 am

    I had to look up diaconate when I read this book, too!

  9. June 20, 2012 11:00 am

    Sort of knew diaconate.

  10. June 20, 2012 11:04 am

    I knew friable and THOUGHT I knew gantry – but, nope! LOL! Thank you, as always, for hosting!

  11. June 20, 2012 11:09 am

    These are some interesting words today Kathy…all new to me!

  12. June 20, 2012 11:59 am

    All of these are new to me as well!

  13. June 20, 2012 2:30 pm

    Faith looks like an interesting read, and I’m liking the word friable! Thanks for introducing the book and the vocab words.

  14. June 20, 2012 4:00 pm

    I am always learning new words 🙂

  15. Patty permalink
    June 20, 2012 4:18 pm

    These are very clever words…I felt friable while the roof stuff was going on…that’s for sure!

  16. June 20, 2012 4:45 pm

    One of my favorite things about this meme is that I learn which books you are reading so I can look forward to seeing the review soon!

  17. Natalie of Book Line and Sinker permalink
    June 20, 2012 8:10 pm

    You got me this week–I haven’t heard of any of these three!!

  18. June 20, 2012 8:34 pm

    An, I do like “friable.” I like that one a lot.

  19. June 20, 2012 11:38 pm

    Hmmm, I didn’t know any of them.

  20. June 20, 2012 11:57 pm

    The first two seemed familiar, but the last one I certainly wouldn’t have known.

  21. June 21, 2012 8:11 pm

    These are all new to me, I like friable 🙂

  22. June 22, 2012 8:46 am

    I didn’t know “gantry”, but friable and diaconat are used too in French !

  23. June 22, 2012 2:42 pm

    Friable would be a great SAT word LOL (sorry I have SATs on the brain b/c my stepdaughter just took hers).

  24. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    June 25, 2012 6:38 am

    I love your Wednesday posts because it always reminds me that I have much still to learn!

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