Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday @ BermudaOnion My first word this week is from Seth Godin’s blog. Have you ever heard of sprezzatura?

Words #2 and 3 are from Sacred Pathway and Charity and Its Fruits.

What new words have you learned this week? Join Kathy at Bermuda Onion to see more.

1. sprezzatura
(n)

Definition—an archaic Italian word for being able to do your craft without a lot of visible effort

Use“We want our lawyer, dentist and waiter to demonstrate sprezzatura, but of course, not particularly try to.”
~ Seth Godin’s blog

2. accretion
(n) [uh-KREE-shuhn]

Definition—3. slow addition to land by deposition of water-borne sediment

Use“The romance was always there; it had just been buried under the accretions of always doing the same thing.”
~ Sacred Pathways

3. adventitious
(adj) [ad-vuhn-TISH-uhs]

Definition—associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic

Use“These extraordinary gifts are nothing properly inherent in the man. They are something adventitious.”
~ Charity and Its Fruits

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Which words did you already know?

5 comments:

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I like that you found words in a variety of places. Once you start playing the Wondrous Words weekly game, it's great how your eyes see new words all over the place.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Great words. Haven't heard of any of them. Now I have 3 new words to work into a conversation. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2010/03/z-wednesday-wondrous-words-wednesday.html

Suko said...

Thank you for these word--I've added them to my list. :)

G said...

I knew accretion already, interesting that most of the words i'm picking up lately are centered around education, you bring them up in a more original context and it reminds me of how vivid a word picture it presents to couple the educational concept with a physical concept, thinking of gaining / amassing knowledge as accretion is kinda cool, you learn things then more things are added to those, and on and on

bermudaonion said...

Wow, those are all great words and none of them roll off of my tongue, so I'm not sure I'll be using them. Thanks for playing along!

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