Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday-Oct. 6


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've found a few new words as I've been reading The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walters:

Quatrain:  a stanza or poem of four lines, usually with alternate rhymes.

Here is how quatrain was used on page 50:
The hook, though, was poetry-not because I felt there was some great demand for a quatrain about consumer confidence, but because I thought people would simply be drawn to the anachronism of it-like the European TV channel where the news is read by topless anchors.

Sycophants: a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

Here is how sycophants was used on page 71:
Meanwhile, M- continued to promote his sycophants to build himself the Taj Mahal of offices, even as he oversaw round after round of layoffs.

Gentrification:  the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses.

Here is how gentrification was used on page 96:
The truly undesirable part of our undesirable neighborhood begins at the alley behind our big house; our alley is the DMZ of gentrification.

Apocryphal: of doubtful authorship or authenticity.

Here is how apocryphal was used on page 187:
While it sounds apocryphal, we can't help glancing over when one of them delivers coffee to the table next to us.

So did you learn any new words this last week?
**Please note that these excerpts are taken from the Uncorrected Proof copy so it may be different in the final print version.


Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

While looking at your words I realized I have seen these words many times but have never taken the time to look them up. That's why I love Kathy's meme. Now I stop and pay attention and it enhances my enjoyment of the reading. I'm sure you feel the same.

Beth said...

Great words this week. I had never heard of any of them. So many new words this week.

gautami tripathy said...

As I am a poet, I have written a lot of quatrains.

Apocryphal is a new word for me.

Here is my Wondrous Words Wednesdays post.

bermudaonion said...

I thought quatrain had something to do with four, but didn't know what. Thanks for participating!

Snowbell said...

Except for quatrain I knew them all.
Here are my words

Lisa notes... said...

Gentrification - that one was most interesting to me. Nice list!

Lisa said...

What a cool meme! I haven't heard of this one before!

Mine would be the word: Luddite Whcih I actually read a couple of weeks ago but I had to look it up. This was how the author Sarah Stonich described herself when it came to technology. And sure enough, it means "one who opposes technological change."

lilly said...

Your choice or words is awesome this week. I have always been curious about 'sycophant' and 'apocryphal' but due to laziness :o I never checked the meanings. I am now glad you explained them.

Sassy Brit said...

Oh i like "Apocryphal" - might have to just start using that! LOL

Great list!