Wondrous Words Wednesday

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

1. garret
(n) [GAR-it]

Definition—an attic, usually a small, wretched one

Use“‘You may want to get married, Stephen, and a garret by the Seine is only romantic if you’re a bachelor,’ she’d said once. ‘It’s no place to raise a family.’”
~ On Writing

2. obstreperous
(adj) [uhb-STREP-er-uhs]

Definition—noisy, clamorous, or boisterous

Use“Tabby wore her pink uniform out to Dunkin’ Donuts and called the cops when the drunks who came in for coffee got obstreperous.”
~ On Writing

3. detritus
(n) [di-TRAHY-tuhs]

Definition—any disintegrated material; debris

Use“I needed to clear away the detritus in my mind.”
~ The Happiness Project

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Which ones did you already know?

5 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I've know plenty of obstreperous people but I doubt I could ever pronounce that word. Thanks for participating!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I came across detritus in my reading a few weeks ago. I love it and find myself using it when I look at my home. Hope you are enjoying On Writing. My husband read it not too long ago and found it very interesting.

Carin said...

I LOVE the word obstreperous. I wish I had more cause to use it but sadly, I think most obstreperous people will not understand the word obstreperous.

Suko said...

Great words! I don't think I've heard of garret before.

My words are not difficult words: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/01/motley-wednesday.html

G said...

this is probably my masculinity coming out, but i knew garret already, it's used a lot in tales of battle and war

detritus is cool, in that it conveys a disintegration, not just random trash, like you've worked at honing (sculpting, carving) something and the pieces that broke off, fell apart need to be swept away, (I hope I'm reading that right)

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