Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday 5-1


 Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

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page 233  The House  at Riverton  by Kate Morton

Lady Clementine, perceiving that some amelioration of spirits was called for, straightened and patted Violet's hand.

amelioration:  noun

from transitive verb: ameliorate
: to make better or more tolerable.

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page 270   The House at Riverton  by Kate Morton.
 about a war monument, Grace thinks,   "Despite his wounds (the ravages of time and environment) he stands at attention atop the cenotaph, as he has for eighty years,.....


cenotaph:  noun

: a tomb or monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are elsewhere.


a side note that I happened upon as I was leaving the Merriam-Webster.com website.
Centotaph is currently in the bottom 40% of lookups on Merriam-Webster.com. I wonder does that mean almost everyone else except me already knows this word?  Or maybe it means that most of us don't come across this word very often. Hmmmm?

The House at Riverton is full of unfamiliar words. I love that!.


Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

4 comments:

  1. I should have known ameliorate but couldn't define it. Great words today! I love that the website lets you know how many people have looked up a word!

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  2. New and interesting words for me.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/05/wondrous-words-wednesday.html

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  3. Excellent words! I've heard of ameliorate before but did not really remember it.

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  4. I suspect that many Australians know cenotaph because most of our towns and cities have them to honour our dead who could not be returned from the killing fields of the various wars we've fought in.

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