Wondrous Words Wednesday

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

All my words this week are from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

1. sophister
(n) [SOF-uh-ster]

Definition—a specious, unsound, or fallacious reasoner

Use“I, who stood by and heard all, saw immediately that one of them was a crafty old sophister, and the other a mere novice.”

2. nuncupative
(adj) [NUHNG-kyuh-pey-tiv]

Definition—delivered orally to witnesses rather than written

Use“He left me a small legacy in a nuncupative will, as a token of his kindness for me, and he left me once more to the wide world; for the store was taken into the care of his executors, and my employment under him ended.” 

pistole3. pistoles
(n) [pi-STOHL]

Definition—any of several gold coins used in various European countries until the late 19th century

Use“I had fifteen pistoles; so he borrowed occasionally of me to subsist, while he was looking out for business.”

4. factotum
(n) [fak-TOH-tuhm]

Definition—an employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities

Use“I also engrav'd several things on occasion; I made the ink; I was warehouseman, and everything, and, in short, quite a factotum.” 

5. captious
(adj) [KAP-shuhs]

Definition—apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please

Use“He grew by degrees less civil, put on more of the master, frequently found fault, was captious, and seem'd ready for an outbreaking.”

6. croakers
(n) [KROH-ker]

Definition—a person who grumbles or habitually predicts evil

Use“There are croakers in every country, always boding its ruin.”

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Which words are also new to you?


DanaB said...

Oh I do LOVE words!!
I think all of these words you have posted here were new to me with the exception of pistoles...love it!


bermudaonion said...

I've heard pistoles before but couldn't have defined it. The other words are new to me. I love croakers - the word fits it's meaning so well! Thanks so much for playing along.

Brenda said...

I know a few croakers. :-)

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I like factotum - just the way it sounds. But I will probably use croakers in my regular vocabulary. Just from your words and sentences, I like the sound of the book.

Brook said...

Wow! What a group of great words! All of them are new to me. :)

Here are mine...

Lisa said...

I love the way you can tell a lot about a book just by the words posted here. Some of those are brand new to me - good choices!

My words are here.


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