Wondrous Words Wednesday
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I found several more words in WHEN IN FRENCH by Lauren Collins.
1. exogamy – “They maintain separate roles within the culture, however, by practicing linguistic exogamy — the requirement that a man marry a woman from a different language group.”
Exogamy is the custom of marrying outside a community, clan, or tribe.
2. menhir – “Its earliest inhabitants left dolmens and menhirs, somber-faced statues that seem to warn one off the island like scarecrows.”
A menhir is a tall upright stone of a kind erected in prehistoric times in western Europe.
3. melisma – “‘Hè muscu di a vita,’ he sang, drawing the syllables out several notes, adding almost Arabic-sounding melismas, as strong and delicate as the scrollwork on an iron gate.”
Melisma is the singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession.
What words do you want to celebrate today?