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?

4 comments:

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.

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