Wednesday, September 26, 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!

I just started reading Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls and I've already learned a couple of new words:

Mendacious: telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful.

Here is how mendacious was used on page 13:
His handwriting was elegant, if a little spidery, and his sentences were long and extravagant, filled with words like "mendacious" and "abscond" that most of the folks in Toyah would need a dictionary to understand.

Digraph:  a pair of letters representing a single speech sound, as ea in meat or th in path.

Here is how digraph was used on page 14:
Digraphs such as "sh" and "ph" infuriated him, and silent letters made him grieve.

I'm enjoying this book so far and it even evoked laughter from me during my lunch today!


bermudaonion said...

I had no idea there was a word for two letters used for one sound. That's interesting! I think I can remember it since it starts with di!

Louise said...

Mendacious I knew, digraph is new for me too.