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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday 5-6-2009



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 words this week are from Madewell Brown by Rick Collignon.

Pendejo - Used like this: "I'm talking about the pendejo nigger and you don't even know that."

Definition: Spanish slang word for idiot or stupid.

Arroyos - Used like this: It ws a rocky, dry stretch of land, scarred deep with arroyos.

Definition: A deep gully cut by an intermittent stream; a dry gulch.

Viejos - Used like this: He would drive by the trailer where Nemecio lived and the old adobes where the viejos would live out the rest of their lives in quiet.

Definition: old, elderly

Most of these words I could figure out due to the way they are used, but when I am listing words here, I try to take them out of context and then see if I would know what they would have meant! What new words did you learn this week?

6 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Great words! I've seen arroyos before, but I've never bothered to look it up. Thanks for playing along.

Lisa said...

Very good words! I do the same thing - there are lots of words I'm familiar with, but if I can't define them, I try and post them.

My words are here.

Margot said...

I knew viejos because some days I am one. lol Sounds like a book set in the southwestern part of the US?

Phyl said...

You know, I've seen those words before, but never looked them up either. The last one makes me raise my eyebrows when I think of the California town called "Mission Viejo." Hm.

Meanwhile, mine are here.

Jo-Jo said...

These are some great words! I did know what Arroyos was but the others are new to me. My words are posted here.

avisannschild said...

Yay, Spanish this week! I had heard two of your three words before but didn't know what any of them meant!

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