Wondrous Words Wednesday

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

1. anomie
(n) [AN-uh-mee]

Definition—social instability caused by erosion of standards and values

Use“Raymond Chandler may be recognized now as an important figure in twentieth-century American literature, an early voice describing the anomie of urban life in the years after World War II, but there are plenty of critics who will reject such a judgment out of hand.”
~ On Writing

2. Trollopian
(adj) [truh-LOP-ee-uhn]

Definition—alluding to the British novelist Anthony Trollope

Use“I’ve written thirty-five or so—some of Trollopian length—and am considered prolific, but I look positively blocked next to Creasey.”
~ On Writing

3. barkentine
(n) [BAHR-kuhn-teen]

Definition—a sailing ship with from three to five masts of which only the foremast is square-rigged, the others being fore-and-aft rigged

Use“She hadn’t thought how much four walls meant to her when she paid passage on a barkentine destined for California.”
~ Redeeming Love

4. linsey-woolsey
(n) [LIN-zee-WOOL-zee]

Definition—a coarse, woven fabric of wool and cotton or of wool and linen

Use“Inside were two linsey-woolsey skirts, one faded brown, the other black.”
~ Redeeming Love

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Which ones did you already know?

7 comments:

bermudaonion said...

All of your words are new to me. I wish I had a chance to use linsey-woolsey - I love the sound of it. Thanks for playing along!

Tea said...

My book this week has a lot of ships in it. I might see the word "barkentine." I've never heard of it. Thanks.

http://readwithtea.blogspot.com/2010/02/wondrous-words.html

Sherrie said...

Hi!
I knew barkentine and Linsey-Woolsey. Great words. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2010/02/wednesday-book-memes.html

Brook said...

I've heard of linsey-woolsey before when reading Historical Fiction - probably on the topic of the mills in Mass? However, the other words are new to me.

Here are my words...
http://westietherapy.blogspot.com/2010/02/wondrous-words-swiss-courier.html

Suko said...

Wow! Barkentine! Trollopian! Linsey-Woolsey! Great new words.

Here's mine: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/02/wondrous-words-wednesday.html

If anyone can suggest a suitable subtitle for my words, please do. :)

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

Lindsey-woolsey is the only one I knew from my sewing days or maybe from reading historical fiction. Hope you are having a good week.

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