Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday-May 13

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 finished reading The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner this last weekend and here are a couple of new words that I learned:

Apoplexy: (ap-uh-plek-see) a sudden, usually marked loss of bodily function due to rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel, such as a stroke.

Here is how apoplexy was used on page 117:
"You should sit, madame, before you drop dead of apoplexy."

Pontificate: To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.

Here is how pontificate was used on page 168:
Let your mother pontificate till she's blue in the face.

So what kind of new words did you learn this last week?


bermudaonion said...

Historical fiction is always great for discovering new words! Thanks for participating today!

TexasRed said...

Great words!

Phyl said...

Two of my favourite words -- especially pontificate. I know a lot of people who do that, ha!

Meanwhile, my lone word is at Bookishgal.

Anonymous said...

Great words.

Margot said...

I guessed on apoplexy and was wrong. Pontificate I knew because I tend to do it myself occasionally. I guess I'm the mother in your sentence.