Wednesday, June 06, 2007

words on Wednesday

Ready to see how dumb I am this week? Seriously, I'm constantly amazed how many new and forgotten words I run across these days! But that's actually o.k., I suppose, because I just love learning new ones. Of course, I'm not very good at actually using them. Anyway, as usual, I'd love to hear if any of these are new to you.

*sibilant-of or producing a hissing sound (from The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles)
This is one of those "forgotten" words. I know that I used to know this word. Hopefully, this time around I'll actually remember it.

*chaffer-to bargain or haggle (from The Call of the Wild)

*pertinacity-stubborn persistence (from The Call of the Wild)
I love this one! It applies to the Maxidoodle on a daily basis, and unfortunately not always in a positive manner.

*ambuscade-an ambush or to ambush (from The Call of the Wild)

*stridulation-a shrill grating or chirping noise made by some insects by rubbing body parts together (I overheard Rich use this word when talking to the crickets. Yes, he talks to all our animals...even the crickets which we only have to feed to the tarantula. O.K., I talk to all the other animals, too...but not the crickets. I wouldn't want to get too attached, you know.)

--A few notes:
1. Jean was again last week's winner. No surprise there. She knew every single word last week. I'm in awe. My guess is she'll go 5 for 5 again this week.

2. Both Stacy and Twiga mentioned last week that they thought that brogue was a heavy accent. And of course, they were both correct. (Hard as it may be to believe, I knew that definition, too.) Anyway, I thought I should clarify...I only list the definitions for the words as they are used in my reading, as those are the definitions that are new to me. I'm not sure if I just explained that very well...I'm obviously not much better at writing than I am with vocabulary.

3. Any other word lovers out there should really check out Melissa's new blog, The Silver Tongue. She features a new word each day.


Jean said...

Maybe I should stop "playing," but it's my pertinacity that keeps me coming back. And don't ya just love the word "sibilant"? It sounds so fun. Try saying it over and over again real fast. Oh, yeah, I knew them all again and am now craving a game of Scrabble. :-)

Melissa R. Garrett said...

OOH! I like the sound of sibilant to. Like one of my new words, suspire, to utter with sighing breaths. I do A LOT of that around here. Sadly, I didn't know any of your words. Again.

PS - Guess what I am having for breakfast? Avocodo and Feta, here I come!!

amy said...

I love new words, especially the kind that sound smart

Anonymous said...

Oh! I've heard of pertinacity. I've never used it but I have heard it, LOL.