Wednesday, May 16, 2007

words on Wednesday

Didn't run across nearly as many unfamiliar words this past week in my reading. No, I'm not getting any smarter...I think I just didn't get as much read. But in addition to the one word I acquired reading, I acquired two from A Silver Tongue (Melissa's new writing blog). She's started a fun "word of the day" thingie. Anyway, here are this week's words...are any of them new to you?

1. diaspora-any group migration or flight from a country or region (from We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda)

2. jackanape-a mischievous child (from The Silver Tongue)

3. serry-to crowd together (from The Silver Tongue)

The big winner last week was Jean...she knew 3 of the 4 words! Unfortunately for her, the only prize is the knowledge that she has an amazing vocabulary (and I'm sure she already knew that anyway). You know, I may have to cogitate on this a bit...maybe I can come up with some kind of prize.

Anyway, I suppose I should run here. Have a multitude of thoughts serrying in my brain. Need to get some lists made and put some order to them.

(Hope I used the word correctly, Melissa. Wish I would have seen yesterday's word in time...would have been easy to work jackanape into yesterday's post!)


Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh my goodness, I knew I had seen the idea for this post somewhere. I just posted the same thing at my blog. Hope that was ok Debi, I didn't remember you doing this and I was not trying to steal your idea! I loved it and just posted a few "Wednesday Words" myself.

As for your words, I don't think I knew any of those, except diaspora sounds familiar. But I could have never given that definition though :)

Have a wonderful day!

Melissa R. Garrett said...

I certainly didn't know diaspora. I love the idea of learning and using new words.

And I'll agree, jackanapes is an easy word for many of us moms to use on a daily basis. I just about fell out of my seat when I came upon it. I keep quizzing the kids about the words, and it's so funny to hear Jacob tell me which friends of his are jackanapes, as though he isn't one himself!

Jacob serried his trains upon the window ledge this morning.

The jars of pasta sauce were so haphazardly serried on the store shelf, I was sure I would knock one onto the floor.

It may not be in a post, but there you have it!

Jean said...

Three for four last week and two for three this week. Can't remember where I first encountered "diaspora" and "jackanape," but they wouldn't be new to me. "Serry" was another story. Perhaps I'll bat a thousand next week. :-) And I don't need prizes. There's too much stuff here already!

gail said...

I seem to always get some while reading that I can't quite figure out or that I want a real definition for! The only problem is, I'm not retaining them!
You and Stacy had some this time that I wasn't sure about.