Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday-June 17

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!

Well I have finally finished Two Brothers-One North, One South by David H. Jones, but I did learn a few more new words before I completed it:

Irascible: [ih-ras-uh-buhl] easily provoked to anger; very irritable.

Here is how irascible was used on page 97:
"My friend Private Nicholas Watkins," he said as he clasped Nick's shoulder, "was in a more irascible temper than usual-so he stepped a pace forward from the ranks, dashed his cap violently to the ground, and said 'I resign!'-'Watkins,' said Captain Murray sternly, 'take your place back in the ranks,' which he did."

Preprandial: [pree-pran-dee-uhl] Before a meal, especially dinner.

Here is how preprandial was used on page 229:
He took "morning bitters" with one group, "an eye-opener" with another, a "preprandial aperitif" with a third, and all together they imbibed an "appetizer."

Fusillade: [fyoo-suh-leyd] a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.

Here is how fussilade was used on page 296:
Following instructions perfectly, they were soon delivering fusillades along the interior walls in both directions.

This was such an interesting book that was packed full of historical information about the Civil War. Please stay tuned for my review within the next couple of days.

So what new words did you encounter this week?


TexasRed said...

Definitely interesting words -- and each one of them a mouthful!

avisannschild said...

My sister said something about preprandial drinks (or maybe it was postprandial?) just the other day and I commented to her that I'd never heard the word spoken aloud before (I'd only ever seen it written down).

Lisa said...

That's the sort of word you can throw out to sound impressive. They're all quite good!

My words are here. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum!

Mercy's Maid said...

I am often irascible, so I knew that one. :) The others were new to me.

Toni said...

Great words!

Margot said...

My husband is a big civil war buff and because of his influence I knew every one of your words. Amazing all the stuff one picks up and stores in one's head, isn't it?

Jenny Girl said...

I like irascible! My boss is irascible.

bermudaonion said...

I find that I'm at my most irascible preprandial. I probably didn't use preprandial correctly, but I tried! Thanks for participating.