Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday

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 few words I learned while reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese on my Kindle:

Carphology:  plucking at the bedclothes by a delirious patient.

Here is how carphology was used at location 448 of 10758:
And look at the way she picks at the bedclothes--that's called carphology, and those little muscle twitches are subsultus tendinum.

Ligatures: the act of binding or tying up.

Here is how ligatures was used at location 486 of 10758:
He secured the needle in place with ligatures, his hands a blur as he pushed one knot down over another.

Khat:  a white-flowered evergreen shrub of Africa and Arabia, whose leaves have narcotic properties.

Here is how khat was used at location 555 of 10758:
It was a new scent for her, this scent of khat: partly cut grass, yet with something spicier behind it.

Miasma:  a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.

Here is how miasma was used at location 761 of 10758:
He was met by a miasma at once familiar and alarming, but he couldn't place it.

Friable:  easily broken up; crumbly.

Here is how friable was used at location 1907 of 10758:
Distracted now by heavy oozing from Sister May Joseph Praise's soggy, friable uterus, Hema turned back from infants to the mother.

I could go on and on with new words I have learned while reading this book, but I think I will stop with these!  Did you learn any new words yourself this week?


bermudaonion said...

I found a lot of new words in that book too. I remember a couple that you listed but have also forgotten (or missed) a few. I really like friable and have used it a few times.

Angie Vik said...

The only word I'd heard before was miasma. I like the carphology word. I'll try to work that into a conversation somewhere.