Wondrous Words Wednesday
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I found several words in HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly.
1. hoosegow – “He spent the night in the city hoosegow for his trouble.”
Hoosegow means jail.
2. synecdoche – “Against ignorance, she and others like her mounted a day-in, day-out charm offensive: impeccably dressed, well-spoken, patriotic, and upright, they were racial synecdoches, keenly aware that the interactions that individual blacks had with whites could have implications for the entire black community.”
Synecdoche means a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole, the whole for a part, the species for the genus, the genus for the species, or the name of the material for the thing made.
3. azimuth – “A number transposed in calculating the launch azimuth, a significant digit too few in measuring the fully loaded weight of the capsule, a mistake in accounting for the rocket’s speed and acceleration or the rotation of the Earth could cascade through the chain of dependencies, causing serious, perhaps catastrophic, consequences.”
Azimuth sounds pretty complicated to me. It means the horizontal angle or direction of a compass bearing.
What words do you want to celebrate today?