Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday at BermudaOnionKathy encourages us to share new words we learn each week. Here are three I ran across. 

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1. strangury
(n) [STRĂNG-gyə-rē]

Definition—a condition marked by slow, painful urination, caused by muscular spasms of the urethra and bladder

Usage“The last two years his body was exceedingly diseased, he had the strangury, and was in great pain.”
~ The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

2. djinn
(n) [jĭn] djinn

Definition—(Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals

Usage“The most dramatic and immediate reactions to the presence of God on earth emerged from demons like these—the numberless, invisible, sexless, fiendish djinns of Satan.”
~ Fearless

3. heuristic
(n) [hew-RIS-tik]

Definition—a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem

Usage“In daily life, when faced with routine decisions, people conserve their thought cycles and rely instead on mental heuristics—simple, practical rules of thumb that we learn through trial and error.”
~ The Time Paradox

3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

All of those words are new to me and I have to admit I'm glad I've had no reason to know strangury. Thanks for participating!

Brook said...

These words are all new to me as well! I wasn't sure if you'd post today or not after your time away with your husband, but am glad you did. :)

G said...

yeah, heuristic is one of those academic words part of my tuition pays for...

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