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Wednesday, April 8, 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 Latter-Day Cipher by Latayne Scott.

“When Lugosi left the Memphis newspaper to “head west” late last year, Selonnah purged him from her mind and now he seemed resurrected, perennially renascent as his namesake.”

Renascent--being reborn; springing again into being or vigor

“It was as if time were knitting a caesura.”

Caesura -- A pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics. Or A pause or interruption, as in conversation: After another weighty caesura the senator resumed speaking.

“They would have jumped on this, he thought grimly to himself, faster than you could say apostolic interregnum.”

Apostolic-- of or characteristic of an apostle.
Interregnum--A gap in continuity.

I looked up both words…and really, I’m still not too sure what the heck this guy’s talking about!! Maybe a gap in the continuity of the apostles of the church, like one guy dies and it takes some time for another?

“But somebody had actually reified those penalties on the body of an apostate.”

Reify-- to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept.

“With a spiritual dusting off of his resurrected hands, Moroni’s soteriological job was done.”

Soteriological--The theological doctrine of salvation as effected by Jesus.

I don't think I'll ever work these words into a conversation!! Some obscure words, at least for me! (I'm feeling a tad dumbed down today!!)

What new words have you discovered lately?

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bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, I think that book is way over my head. Those are some great words. Thanks for playing along, Kelly.

SmilingSally said...

I know caesura as I've taught it. And apostolic is one I'm familiar with, but the others... whew! Here are mine.

Margot said...

I only knew apostolic. I'm with you - I'm feeling a little dumbed-down too. Oh well, on to the next book.

Kristi said...

Forget about remembering the definitions! I wouldn't even be able to pronounce them!

Latayne C Scott said...

What fun! I am so honored that you not only read my novel so closely, but that you tackled some of those words!

As you saw, all of them were fairly accessible in a dictionary, except apostolic interregnum.

The novel is about some of the mysteries of Mormonism, from an inside view. One writer called Latter-day Cipher "The DaVinci Code of Mormonism." :)

So -- only Mormons (and only those in the know about Mormon history) would know what it means. It referred to a time in Mormon history when there was no "prophet" at the head of the LDS church and the 12 "apostles" ruled. Thus, apostolic, of apostles, and interregnum, reigning in the middle.

See! Easy -- not!

Thanks for everything!

Latayne C Scott