Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday-June 2

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 learned a few new words last week while I was reading The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi:

Triumvirate: 1. any association of three in office or authority.
2. any group or set of three.

Here is how triumvirate was used on page 11:
His baba points up to the triumvirate of human men sculpted shoulder to shoulder in the stone.

Raillery:  good-humored ridicule; banter.

Here is how raillery was used on page 60:
They set up no tents and light no fires and sing no songs and play only silent games free of raillery and maintain an invisibility so pristine the boy wonders if they exist at all. 

Lackadaisical:  1.without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic
2. lazy; indolent

Here is how lackadaisical was used on page 102:
The captain, with his long face and sunken eyes that forever peer past the boys, and the childlike colonel, who leans up against the wall in his chair, his heavy body delicately balanced in a lackadaisical pose that makes Reza nervous.

So did you learn any new words in your reading journey this last week?


Margot said...

Raillery is a new word for me but I love what it means. In our case, our family get-togethers are often filled with raillery.

TexasRed said...

Good words!

Lisa notes... said...

Triumvirate—I guessed right for a change because of tri (I think of tricycle). I’ve always liked the word lackadaisical, although I don’t want to be that way. ha.

bermudaonion said...

I figured that triumvirate meant something with 3 because of the prefix. Raillery is a great word that I will try to remember.