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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 17, 2015

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!

I found 3 more words in The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis.

1. sabra – “He looked like certain other sabras of his generation – who cultivated the air of retired colonels and regarded the world with the relaxed leer of the habituated military man.”

A sabra is a native-born Israeli.


2. samizdat – “He’d read a samizdat translation of Leon Uris’s Exodus.”

I was rather surprised to find this word in my dictionary.  Samizdat is a system in the U.S.S.R. and countries within its orbit by which government surpressed literature was clandestinely printed and distributed.  Also: such literature.


3. abjure – “She became like an older sister to Dafna and went shopping with her for clothes that Miriam, in her piousness, abjured.”

Abjure means to reject solemnly.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2015 6:09 am

    I’ve seen abjure before, but never knew what it meant, and now I know where they got the name for Sabra hummus!

  2. June 17, 2015 8:16 am

    What interests me is how one might pronounce Bezmozgis!

  3. June 17, 2015 8:42 am

    I’ve seen abjure before, but thought it meant something else.

  4. June 17, 2015 9:26 am

    I could have sworn that sabra was a female Israeli soldier. Shows how much I know (not)!

  5. June 17, 2015 10:22 am

    Now those I did not know

  6. beth hoffman permalink
    June 17, 2015 10:51 am

    I didn’t know any of these!

  7. June 17, 2015 2:36 pm

    All new and interesting words today Kathy.

  8. June 17, 2015 3:55 pm

    Good words today.

  9. June 17, 2015 5:39 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of these words before but they’re good ones!

  10. June 17, 2015 5:53 pm

    I had to look up the book to see what you’re reading based on these sentences–looks good!

  11. June 17, 2015 9:20 pm

    I knew abjured, but not the first two. This sounds like an interesting book!

  12. June 18, 2015 12:18 am

    Excellent words this week, Kathy. The book sounds very interesting!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    June 23, 2015 4:26 pm

    Wow! Those are interesting words. I feel like I should have known abjure.

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