Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday-Dec. 7

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 I learned while reading the Kindle edition of House Rules by Jodi Picoult:
Bifurcation:  A division into two branches; a forking.

Here is how bifurcation was used at location 1855 of 9574:
A bifurcation, then two ridges, then another bifurcation downward.

Dirge: a funeral song or tune, or one expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead.

Here is how dirge was used at location 2615 of 9574:
Maybe this is why funeral dirges are always in a minor key; being on the other side of dead isn't that different from having Asperger's.

Periorbital:  of, relating to, occurring in, or being the tissues surrounding or lining the orbit of the eye.

Here is how periorbital was used at location 3018 of 9574:
"In addition to the scapes on her back and contusions on the throat and upper arms, there are some more in the periorbital region-"

This was a great book and I can't wait to discuss it with my book club tonight!  Did you learn any new words lately?


Kaye said...

Good ones! I can see myself telling hubby to take a left at the next bifurcation. Whaaaaaa???

Laura's Reviews said...

Interesting. I need to keep track of new words that are in the books I read!

Lady In Read said...

felt smart today - knew all the words from earlier (books I read while growing up)...

Anonymous said...

Great words, new ones to me.

bermudaonion said...

I knew dirge, I'm sad to say. YOu found some great words! Thanks for playing along.

Margot said...

Periorbital was new to me. You'd think with all the years of watching CSI and Bones, I'd have known that one.

Tea said...

Really?? Interesting.

Jennifer said...

I knew all except "periorbital". Because I took a tiny bit of Greek, I knew that would mean "about or pertaining to an orbit," but I figured it was about astronomy!
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Julie @ Read Handed said...

I feel like I've heard bifurcation before, but I couldn't have told you the meaning of it. Great words!

Louise said...

I knew all these today! Bifurcation is also a medical term- arteries bifurcate, ie split into two. Dirges are mentioned in American Pie

And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died