Wednesday, May 23, 2007

words on Wednesday

Feeling incredibly uneducated this week...with 9 new words added to my journal! I'm only posting 5 of them here, because the others came from the posts of some fellow word fanciers out here in the land of blog so you may have already read about them. But thanks for the great new words Stacy, Gail, and Melissa!

Anyway, here we go...are any of them new to you?

*pusillanimous-cowardly (I hate admitting this, but this came from one of Annie's synonym exercises. Now granted, Annie is doing these exercises at an 8th+ grade level, not a 4th grade level. But still, come on, if 8th and 9th graders are supposed to know this word, surely I should have known it.)

*maunder-to talk incoherently or aimlessly (from We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda)

*satrap-a subordinate ruler (from We wish...)

--These last two words are ones that I definitely knew one definition for, but from the context of my reading, it was obvious I didn't know "the appropriate" meaning. They are listed with the meaning for which they were used in my reading.

*cataract-a large waterfall (from We wish...)

*hydrophobia-rabies (from The Call of the Wild)

Once again, last week's winner was Jean. She knew two of the three words. And yes, I am quite envious of her incredible vocabulary!


Jean said...

What can I say? I don't read as much as I used to, but it helps. I also love Scrabble, though one can excel at that without knowing the meanings of the words one plays. I go four for five this week, not being familiar with the waterfall definition of "cataract."

twiga92 said...

We had to deal with rabies a lot when I was in Bangladesh. "Fear of Water" is what I would have thought hydrophobia meant. Maybe rabies involves a fear of water. Hmm.. interesting.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

OK, most all of these are new to me this week. Less and less do I feel like I have a decent vocabulary. Sigh.

I would have never even thought of those alternate definitions for cataract and hydrophobia, very interesting.

Love these posts!!!

gail said...

Well I knew satrap because of having it in sunday school before.
Halfway familiar with those last 2 but it was the alternative meaning that got me!