Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday-March 4

Bermudaonion asks you to share new words that you have learned during your reading adventures in the last week. Feel free to join in the fun!


I have found a few new words as I have been reading Bedlam South by Mark Grisham and David Donaldson.


Reveille: [rev-uh-lee; Brit. ri-val-ee] a signal, as of a drum or bugle, sounded early in the morning to awaken military personnel and to alert them for assembly.


I've seen it used a few times already in this book, but here is the first sentence that I found with this word from page 16:

A bugle sounded reveille at five o'clock the next morning.


Malinger: [muh-ling-ger] to pretend illness, esp. in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.


Here is how malinger was used on page 69:

"Our country is at war, sir! We cannot delay our duty while you malinger."


Zouave: [zoo-ahv, zwahv] a member of any body of soldiers adopting a similar dress and drill, esp. a soldier serving in any of certain volunteer regiments in the American Civil War.


I found this word a few times already also. Here is one example from page 73:

This camp housed a battalion of Zouaves, the last remnant of NewOrleans' Louisiana Tiger Battalion.


So what new words did you find this week?



5 comments:

bermudaonion said...

You were so smart to add the pronunciations. Thanks for playing along.

Serena said...

great words...thanks for the pronunciations!

carolsnotebook said...

I hadn't heard of Zouave before. Great idea to put up the pronunciations.

Phyl said...

I really like "Zouave." And I'm pretty experienced at malingering, hee!

"Reveille" is one of those interesting words that you couldn't even sound out phonetically, but would have to look up to find out the pronunciation. All the French words in the English language, eh??

Meanwhile, mine are here.

bookfool said...

Great words all! Off topic, I noticed that you've listed My Sister's Keeper as a favorite book. It's one of mine as well, and I wanted to mention that Picoult has a new book out just this week, Handle With Care. I was lucky enough to get a copy for review last week, and its just terrific. I like it as much as Sister's Keeper.

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