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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 27, 2019

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 are from COME WITH ME by Helen Schulman:

1. detritivores – “Intellectual detritivores, news-junkie arthropods, scandal-loving pill bugs, bottom feeders, creepers, slugs.”

A detritivore is an animal which feeds on dead organic material.

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2. cesium – “The cesium.”

It’s been a long time since I took chemistry.  Cesium is a chemical element.

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3. contrapuntal – “In between the mellow bass notes of his own (he’d hoped) soothing phrasing — take it easy, kid, take it easy — Dan could hear the agonizing contrapuntal sounds of his boy Jack frantically fighting for breath.”

Contrapuntal means polyphonic.  Polyphony means a style of musical composition employing two or more simultaneous but relatively independent melodic lines.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2019 6:55 am

    My music degree (and love of Bach) paid off today with contrapuntal 😀

  2. February 27, 2019 7:30 am

    Curious combination of words in that book. My word today is “Famine” — https://maefood.blogspot.com/2019/02/famine.html

    best… mae

  3. Patty permalink
    February 27, 2019 8:50 am

    I guess detritivores are not cuddly!

  4. February 27, 2019 8:57 am

    I’d love to see how “detritivore” is used in the book.

  5. February 27, 2019 9:40 am

    Just for the record, I wasn’t able to leave a message today. I entered my website, and I kept getting the URL symbol. It must be something I didn’t do correctly.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” 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. ” >

  6. February 27, 2019 11:15 am

    “contrapuntal” is related to “counterpoint,” if you want an easier way to remember it. Like point and counterpoint. One note replies to another but also contributes to its own melodic line at the same time.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    February 27, 2019 12:21 pm

    I knew the first two!

  8. February 27, 2019 4:18 pm

    I agree – curious to know how detritivore is used in the book! Sounds like a great insult to have in one’s repertoire!

  9. February 27, 2019 6:25 pm

    Kathy,
    I knew cesium from my science classes, but the other two were new-to-me. I have read a different book by Helen Schulman. I hope you’re having a very good week.

  10. February 28, 2019 9:43 am

    I have heard cesium

  11. bookingmama permalink
    March 14, 2019 6:48 am

    No clue on either of them!

    • bookingmama permalink
      March 14, 2019 6:49 am

      Or should I say any of them????

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