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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wonderous Words!



Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at bermudaonion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun!

Today's words all come from Odd Hours by Dean Koontz.

“The tintinnabulation” of glass raining on stonework was a charming as an orchestra of fairy bells, which I was able to enjoy because I had gotten safely beyond the zone of raining shards.

Tintinnabulation-- the ringing or sound of bells. (I actually knew this one...but just think its a really cool sounding word!)

“To protect the innocent, to avoid being one of Burke’s good men who do nothing, you have to accept permanent scars that cincture work” the heart and traumas of the mind that occasionally reopen to weep again.

Cincture-- to gird with or as if with a cincture; encircle; encompass.

“After shaking open one of the blankets, I refolded it lengthwise to make a soft and simple catafalque on which to place her.”

Catafalque-- a raised structure on which the body of a deceased person lies or is carried in state.

What new words have you discovered lately?

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8 comments:

Smilingsal said...

I have heard of the first word in connection to an irritating ringing in a person's ears. However, I don't remember seeing the other two.

http://bookcritiques.blogspot.com/2009/03/wondrous-words-wednesday.html

avisannschild said...

Kelly, we have a word in common this week: catafalque. I was also already familiar with tintinnabulation, but I agree it's a great word!

Smilingsal, I think the word you're thinking of is "tinnitus."

Lisa said...

I love tintinnabulation! Smilingsal is referring to tinnitus (which I have), I think.

Check out my post and adopt a new word!

bermudaonion said...

I love tintinnabulation, too, but would feel dumb dropping it in a conversation. Thanks for playing along.

Margot said...

I actually knew the first one from when I played in a bell choir. Our leader loved to use the word.

Mine words are here: http://joyfullyretired.com/2009/03/18/wondrous-words-6/

Kaye said...

I think Poe introduced me to the word tintinabulation and I have been a fan of the word and Poe ever since.


My post is here

Debbie said...

I always enjoy her Wednesday post although I rarely remember my new words! Now, maybe I can learn some through you too.

Lenore said...

Catafalque is a new one to me too. I am sure I will promptly forget it too.