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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 4, 2017

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 came from THE CURSE OF LA FONATAINE by M. L. Longworth.

1. oratory– “One of the dozens of oratories put up in Aix during the seventeenth centruy, the Esquicho-Coude statue had little projection: just three thin metal bars goind across the niche and two down.”

I thought oratory had something to do with speech and it does, sometimes.  Oratory can also mean a small chapel, especially for private worship.


2. lateen– “‘I’ve always loved their lateen sails,’ Ludovic said, as if he hadn’t heard Philippe’s idea.”

A lateen is a triangular sail on a long yard at an angle of 45° to the mast.


3. transhumance– “The sheep were led here in late spring all the way from Arles, to begin their summer transhumance in the mountains around Aix.”

Transhumance is a noun that means the action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2017 5:32 am

    Well I guess transhumance is one of those words most of us don’t have to know, but it’s interesting! :–)

  2. John Warner permalink
    October 4, 2017 6:32 am

    When defining oratory, this is when Latin comes in handy. Orationis is Latin for prayer. When the priest says a prayer and keeps his elbows close to his side while turning open hands, palm upward, he or she is said to be assuming the orans position.

  3. October 4, 2017 8:09 am

    Transhumance is new to me but the context helped.

  4. October 4, 2017 9:38 am

    I’m giving myself credit for oratory! Had heard of lateen, but didn’t know what it was. Never heard of transhumance.

  5. Iya permalink
    October 4, 2017 9:41 am

    Linked mine 🙂

  6. October 4, 2017 12:01 pm

    Wow, I was with you on oratory. Thanks for setting me straight!

  7. October 4, 2017 2:38 pm

    Oratory surprised me also.

  8. Toni permalink
    October 4, 2017 3:50 pm

    Great words!

  9. Patty permalink
    October 4, 2017 4:04 pm

    Those were all new to me!

  10. October 4, 2017 4:32 pm

    Oratory as a small chapel is new to me. All of your words are excellent this week!

  11. October 4, 2017 6:26 pm

    Wow, Kathy, you found three very interesting words this week. I also like the comments they generated, especially how oratory is Latin for prayer. I like that.

  12. October 5, 2017 8:28 am

    Think I’ve heard the first word before, but the other two are definitely new to me.

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