Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday @ BermudaOnion What new words have you learned this week? Join Kathy at Bermuda Onion to see more.

Most of mine are from Life of Pi.

1. penury
(n) [PEN-yuh-ree]

Definition—scarcity; dearth; inadequacy

Use“Or, as I struggle ‘against the thought of acedia that sets before [my] eyes a lengthy period of old age, a bitter penury that goes unrelieved, and illnesses capable of killing the body,’ Evagrius recommends this cold plunge into Job.”
~ Acedia & Me

2. canton

Definition—a small territorial division of a country, especially one of the states of Switzerland

Use“They only rid the canton of its few half-wild dogs.”
~ Life of Pi

nan-indian_flat-bread 3. nan

Definition—leavened bread baked in a clay oven in India; usually shaped like a teardrop

Use“They looked like three-day-old nans. Who would eat these, I wondered.”
~ Life of Pi

4. ineluctably

Definition—by necessity; not to be avoided or escaped

Use“…a realization that the founding principle of existence is what we call love, which works itself out sometimes not clearly, not cleanly, not immediately, nonetheless ineluctably.”
~ Life of Pi

5. pandit

Definition—a man in India esteemed for his wisdom or learning: often used as a title of respect

Use“Your son has gone Muslim,” said the pandit.”
~ Life of Pi

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Which ones did you already know?


bermudaonion said...

I knew canton because we lived close to Switzerland when we were in France, but the rest were new to me. Thanks for participating and have a Merry Christmas!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

Life of Pi gave you some very interesting words. I like the pictures that go with the words, especially for cans. I get it now.

gautami tripathy said...

We do have nan here. I didn't know ineluctably.


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