Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday-Aug. 26

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!

Here are a couple of words that I found while reading The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan:

Elocution: [ěl'ə-kyōō'shən] The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.

Here is how elocution was used on page 23:
I nod and smile and say, "She'll win the prize for elocution next year" or "She's off to Boston for a holiday," as Mother would expect me to.

Mahjongg: [mah-jawng] a game of Chinese origin usually played by four persons with 144 dominolike pieces or tiles marked in suits, counters, and dice, the object being to build a winning combination of pieces.

Here is how mahjongg was used on page 24:
Her marks were short of excellent, only because she could too often be found in the cozy little clubroom of Gamma Kappa, chattering over a game of mahjongg or sneaking off to short-sheet the bed of an unsuspecting dorm mate.

So did you learn any new words this week?


bermudaonion said...

The Newcomers group here plays Mahjong. I've never played, but the people who have say it's pretty complicated. Thanks for participating!

Unknown said...

I used to play Mahjong a lot but then I got a little bored (just like with all the games overload).

I have heard "elocution" mentioned many times but I never knew exactly what it meant.

gautami tripathy said...

As a teacher, I know elocution but the other word is new for me!

Wednesday: Wondrous Words/A-Z wednesday

Lisa notes... said...

Mahjong was definitely new to me!

Margot said...

I used to see older men playing in the park whenever I visited San Francisco. I don't know if they still do.

Becca said...

I love Mahjongg! Of course, I play Mahjongg solitaire versions, which is a bit easier. But it is a good little game. Way better than solitaire with cards, imo. I would love to be able to play Mahjongg with others but do not know people who are interested. Just like I can't find people to teach me how to knit because no one does!

Book Bird Dog said...

I like playing mahjong. I learned with a game online!

Cathy Marie Buchanan said...

Thanks for using my debut novel for Wondrous Words Wednesday. It was a funny discovery for me to find out in the Loretto Achives that the girls at Loretto really did play Mahjong way back when.