Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday-Aug. 26

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!

Here are a couple of words that I found while reading The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan:

Elocution: [ěl'ə-kyōō'shən] The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.

Here is how elocution was used on page 23:
I nod and smile and say, "She'll win the prize for elocution next year" or "She's off to Boston for a holiday," as Mother would expect me to.

Mahjongg: [mah-jawng] a game of Chinese origin usually played by four persons with 144 dominolike pieces or tiles marked in suits, counters, and dice, the object being to build a winning combination of pieces.

Here is how mahjongg was used on page 24:
Her marks were short of excellent, only because she could too often be found in the cozy little clubroom of Gamma Kappa, chattering over a game of mahjongg or sneaking off to short-sheet the bed of an unsuspecting dorm mate.

So did you learn any new words this week?

8 comments:

bermudaonion said...

The Newcomers group here plays Mahjong. I've never played, but the people who have say it's pretty complicated. Thanks for participating!

lilly said...

I used to play Mahjong a lot but then I got a little bored (just like with all the games overload).

I have heard "elocution" mentioned many times but I never knew exactly what it meant.

gautami tripathy said...

As a teacher, I know elocution but the other word is new for me!

Wednesday: Wondrous Words/A-Z wednesday

Lisa notes... said...

Mahjong was definitely new to me!

Margot said...

I used to see older men playing in the park whenever I visited San Francisco. I don't know if they still do.

Rebecca :) said...

I love Mahjongg! Of course, I play Mahjongg solitaire versions, which is a bit easier. But it is a good little game. Way better than solitaire with cards, imo. I would love to be able to play Mahjongg with others but do not know people who are interested. Just like I can't find people to teach me how to knit because no one does!

Book Bird Dog said...

I like playing mahjong. I learned with a game online!

Cathy Marie Buchanan said...

Thanks for using my debut novel for Wondrous Words Wednesday. It was a funny discovery for me to find out in the Loretto Achives that the girls at Loretto really did play Mahjong way back when.

Best,
Cathy


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