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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wonderous Words Wednesday!

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 Life Sentences by Laura Lippman

” And they were very solitary enterprises. Solipsistic, even."

Solipsistic --The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified

"She took the bypass by mistake and had to backtrack, finding herself in the heart of one of those small towns that declared, “If you lived here, you would be home by now.” Was that a tautology?"

Tautology-- Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy

I liked these words, not necessarily new to me, but words that I’ve always had an idea about what they meant, but never really bothered to look up. I enjoy finding out my idea of their definition is close!

What new words have you discovered lately?

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avisannschild said...

I thought tautology had a more precise definition than that, i.e. a statement that is necessarily true, a circular argument. The example that Wordnet gives is "He is brave or he is not brave." Still not sure if the sentence in your example qualifies though!

My words are here.

bermudaonion said...

I'm like you - a lot of times I don't look up the definition if I have an idea of what the word means. It's a bad habit because I could end up using the word wrong. Thanks for playing along.

Kelly said...

Avisannschild--I think that the character agrees...she can't decide herself if the sentence is a tautology!

Anonymous said...

I agree, it's fun to look up these words. Normally I skip right over them so this weekly feature of Kathy's is good.