Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday @ BermudaOnion What new words have you learned this week?
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1. palaver
(n) [puh-LAV-er]

Definition—(1) a conference or discussion;
(2) profuse and idle talk; chatter

Use“Mr. Nile, y’all ready to come into the back and have a palaver?”
~ Jack’s Run

2. shim

Definition—a thin slip or wedge of metal, wood, etc., for driving into crevices, as between machine parts to compensate for wear, or beneath bedplates, large stones, etc., to level them

Use“They’ll have to use a chisel to get the shims out.”
~ Jack’s Run

3. syncretism

Definition—reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.

Use“Paganistic syncretism generated the problems in Corinth.”
~ Come to the Table


bermudaonion said...

I actually knew one of your words today! My husband is a mechanical engineer and he's used shims before. Thanks for participating!

gautami tripathy said...

Except for palaver, all others are new to me. Shim sounds good to me.

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

Syncretism was new to me. It's an interesting word for a phenomena I've observed in politics and religion.

G said...

Syncretism is another of those $1,000 words I spend money on tuition to learn. It comes up a lot in the education world. My dad was a carpenter so I'm familiar with shims, most often in installing windows to make sure they were lined up correctly. Palaver is new, but there was an interesting combination of what it means with a use of the second word. There used to be a weekly meeting with Boeing and the NASA counterparts on space station. It was called "the wood shed." Well, that's not quite shim, but a combination of discussion and wood.


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