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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday 3-11-2009


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. To join in the fun, post your words on your blog and then leave a message over at Bermudaonion's Blog!

I have more words this week from The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick.

Trireme - Used like this: Gwenhwyfar stumbled and fell forward, a stab of pain shooting up her left arm as she tried to save herself. Branwen hauled her upright and ploughed forward, a trireme under full oar.

Definition: an ancient Greek or Roman galley, usually a warship, with three banks of oars on each side

Cymraes - Used like this: He says your father thinks of you as a true Cymraes, not someone watered by Roman wine!

Definition: A Welsh woman

Manumission - Used like this: Branwen had committed this disgrace. Aye, well, it would be her last! Push him to the limit, to that hurdle of endurance? He was over it, by God, over and spurring fast for manumission!

Definition: formal emancipation from slavery

Myrddin - Used like this: Gwenhwyfar shrugged. 'Without the Sight of a Myrddin, who can say?'

Definition: A figure in Medieval Welsh legend, known as a prophet and a madman. Found lots of references that he was used as the prototype for Merlin, the wizard that is usual found when talking about King Arthur.

Ululation - Used like this: They rose as one and left the Hall, hands grasping more torches, the ululation of anger and defiance rising like the blood lust of the hunt.

Definition: To howl, wail, or lament loudly.

Those are my words for the week - what are yours?>

4 comments:

bermudaonion said...

You got some great words out of that book. Of course, I can't pronounce most of them. Thanks for playing along!

ibeeeg said...

Those are great words!
Let me ask, do you keep a notebook or something to jot down words you do not know or find interesting?
Very cool meme!

Alyce said...

I’m just dropping by to let you know that I’ve given you an award! http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2009/03/awards-roundup.html

avisannschild said...

Wow, great words! The only one I was familiar with is ululation.

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