Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday-April 15

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 The Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert:

Avaricious: (av-uh-rish-uhs) Immoderately desirous of wealth or gain; greedy.

Avaricious was used in the following sentence on page 133:

Hiro, with his avaricious heart and sleight of hand, carried with him a swarm of dragonflies hidden inside his cloak.

Seppuku: (se-poo-koo) ceremonial suicide by ripping open the abdomen with a dagger or knife: formerly practiced in Japan by members of the warrior class when disgraced or sentenced to death.

Seppuku was used in the following sentence on page 147:

Chilli once told her that hara-kiri literally meant "to cleave the stomach"-to obliterate chi-which was why samarai who committed seppuku had disemboweled themselves by plunging their swords into this zone.

How enlightening is that? So what new words have you learned this week?


bermudaonion said...

Seppuku is rather disturbing, but it's a great word! Thanks for playing along.

Margot said...

I came across seppuku last week as I was reading Kitchen Confidential. I was used slangly as to say "I'm going to kill myself."

Serena said...

I remember the first time I encountered Seppuku in a short story and the scene continues to haunt and disturb me when I see this word.