Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday-April 29

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 found a couple of new words while reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini:


Stalactite: (stuh-lak-tahyt, stal-uhk-tahyt) An icicle-shaped mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, hanging from the roof of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.


Stalagmite: (stuh-lag-mahyt, stal-uhg-mahyt) A conical mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, built up on the floor of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.

Both of these words were found on page 99 in the following sentence:


He knew the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite, and could tell you that the distance between the earth and the sun was the same as going from Kabul to Ghazni one and a half million times.


So what new words have you learned in your reading adventures this week?

9 comments:

Lezlie said...

I always remember which is which from a silly rhyme I learned as a kid: When the mites go up, the tites go down. :-)

Lezlie

Michele said...

I can never remember which is which. Good think I don't go into caves often. :-) Thanks for sharing!

Lynne said...

Add me to the list of those who can't remember which is which!

avisannschild said...

I'm with Michele and Lynne!

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Kerri said...

I can't wait to read this book. I've heard so many great things about it.

My words are here

bermudaonion said...

Thanks so much for playing along this week!

Jenny Girl said...

I always get these two mixed up!

lilly said...

I always confuse these two, I hope that one day I'll remember which one goes up and which one down.

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