Wondrous Words Wednesday

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

1. bilge
(n) [bilj]

Definition—the rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides

Use“The report has rocked the service to its bilges because it calls into question the way the Navy chooses, promotes and then monitors its handpicked skippers.”
~ TIME Magazine

Golliwog 2. golliwog
(n) [GOL-ee-wog]

Definition—“grotesque blackface doll,” 1895, coined by Eng. children's book author and illustrator Florence K. Upton (1873-1922)

Use“I took my golliwog off the bed and put her in the attic.”
~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

3. tincture
(n) [TINGK-cher]

Definition—a slight infusion, as of some element or quality; a trace; or, a dye or pigment

Use“Add to that water 40-50 drops of tincture of iodine.”
~ Exploring Creation with Chemistry

patibulum 4. patibulum

Definition—(Latin) horizontal crossbeam

Use“Jesus, stripped of his clothes, is lying on his back, his head and hands arranged on the patibulum, the crossbeam by which they will lift him bodily to a thick post for execution.”
~ Reliving the Passion

5. inveigle
(v) [in-VEY-guhl]

Definition—to entice by flattery or artful talk or inducements

Use“You see, Mr. Reynolds, you are not the only one who can inveigle innocent employees.”
~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

6. habilitation
(n)

Definition—making fit. [Obsolete: imparting an ability or capacity to]

Use“Following the tenets of habilitation, Claire made no attempt to ‘correct’ Mary’s sense of time and place or to reason with someone who no longer had that ability.”
~ Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s

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Which words are new to you?

3 comments:

Tea said...

I love your words. I've always wanted to know the names of a ship. The word for the cross is new to me too. Great words.

bermudaonion said...

Great list of words. I love the sound of golliwog, but not the meaning. Thanks for participating.

Margot said...

Wow, you hit the jackpot this week. I like the variety of places where you found your words. Isn't it amazing, once you start looking, how you find them everywhere?

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