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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wondrous Words 4-22-2009

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!

My first word this week is from The Lost Hours by Karen White.

Doyenne - used like this - I thought about writing him back to mention the borderline alcoholic doyenne of the estate, the blind daughter with a penchant for colors, the two little girls who were wise beyond their years, or their father whose odd mixture of aloofness and caring I found more attractive than I wanted to admit. (p133)

Definition - A woman who is the eldest or senior member of a group.

The following three words are from The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano.

Effete - used like this - I am so effete from being disarmed, I'm numb. (p74)

Definition - Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted

Inimical - used like this - I am wired, like I've been drugged against my will with an inimical amount of adrenaline. (p195)

Definition - in opposition; adverse;

Insensate - used like this - Like a libidinous adolescent, I've been concerned with where and how I am going to lose my virginity, an insensate thing to scheme, in general; I should've been most concerned with if.

Definition - Foolish; witless


bermudaonion said...

Inimical is familiar to me, but I don't think I could have defined it correctly. Thanks for playing along today!

Mo said...

Some great words to add to your lexicon...don'tcha just LUV this exercise??!

(Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!)

Margot said...

I knew all but effete. I guess now I can read these books. lol Good words. Fun meme, isn't it.

gautami tripathy said...

Except for Inimical, I did know the others!

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Phyl said...

You know, "inimical" seems to be the word that most of us have gotten stuck on. I must have read the word a hundred times over the years, and gotten the context but never knew for sure what it meant. Thanks for finally defining it!

Meanwhile, mine are here

avisannschild said...

Huh, I knew all those words, but I find the way they are being used sounds off to me. As if the author was trying to use fancy words but didn't really know what they meant (or at least used them in ways they are not usually used). Don't know if this makes any sense to anyone else plus I could be totally wrong!

Oh and I just realized I'm talking about the words from Cristofano's book only! I had heard doyenne before, but had no idea what it meant!


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