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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 23, 2016

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!

This week’s words come from THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN by Harrison Scott Key.

1. catalepsy – “Thirty minutes later, after I’d achieved a pleasant cataleptic trance and had rededicated my life to serving widows and the fatherless, it occurred to me that if holding the gate was necessary, then Tom was clearly expecting the cow to burst through it.”

Catalepsy is a physical condition characterized by suspension of sensation and muscular rigidity.


2. adumbrate – “Our end of the street is adumbrated in live oak and sweet gum trees, but there was something more, some ecliptic phenomena, that arrested every thing in gray-blue half-light, like somebody put in the wrong bulb.”

Adumbrate has several meanings but I think the author means indicate faintly in this case.


3. suzerain – “Pop had been a suzerain king of the Pecan Ridge subdivision, ensuring clean, tasteful homes by patrolling the streets with his four-wheeler, menacing his constituents, waving documents in the air, threatening legal action if they did not roll up their garden hoses properly.”

Suzerain is a noun that means a sovereign or state having some control over another state that is internally autonomous.  Historically it’s meant a feudal overlord and I think that’s more what the author meant.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2016 8:16 am

    Interesting – I’ve never seen adumbrate used that way.

  2. November 23, 2016 10:16 am

    Does it count if I’ve heard of 2 of them? Didn’t think so.

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 23, 2016 10:40 am

    A big fat “0” for me!

  4. November 23, 2016 1:31 pm

    Three very interesting words, Kathy. I actually knew catalepsy. I’m not sure why – probably just one of those obscure facts living in my brain.

  5. November 23, 2016 3:41 pm

    The first one sounds familiar.

  6. November 23, 2016 4:34 pm

    New to me 🙂

  7. November 23, 2016 7:17 pm

    Terrific words, Kathy, all new to me. I hope you’re enjoying THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN by Harrison Scott Key. Have a terrific Thanksgiving.

  8. November 24, 2016 2:42 am

    I didn’t know any of these!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    November 24, 2016 7:54 am

    All new to me. I have to admit when I read the sentences, I could hear Mr. Key’s voice! Can’t wait to read this one!

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