Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday 7-17-13

 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.

Again today I am sharing some interesting words from the introduction to The Grapes of Wrath. 

He launched in to  "L'Affaire", a vituperative satire aimed at attacking the leading citizens of Salinas, who put together a cabal of organizers called "the committee of seven" to foment the ignorant army of vigilantes (assembled from the common populace of Salines - clerks, service-station operators, shopkeepers). "L'Affaire Lettuceberg" was a detour from his main concern for the migrant workers, already recorded int "The Harvest Gypsies" and adumbrated in "The Oklahomans" rehearsals. 

Vituperative:  adj. - using, containing or marked by harshly abusive censure.

from American Heritage Dictionary

Cabal:  noun -  1. a small group of persons joined in a secret, often political intrigue;

from Websters New World College Dictionary

Foment:  transitive verb - 1. to treat with warm water, medicated lotions   2. to stir up(trouble); instigate; incite;

from Websters New World College Dictionary

Adumbrated: intransitive verb - 1. to outline in a shadowy way; sketch. suggest beforehand;  foreshadow in a vague way.  3. to obscure; or overshadow.

from Websters New World College Dictionary

 Four new and interesting words in just 2 sentences.  I was a bit overwhelmed when I read the paragraph!.

The language in this book is very descriptive but I cannot say I have found any words that I did not understand. Maybe pronunciations that were strange, but I could easily figure out what was meant. 

Until next time:
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


  1. I think vituperative kind of sounds like what it means. It's not a very pleasant word. Thanks for playing along!

  2. The first and last ones are definitely new to me. The second two I had looked up before, but needed a little reminder on their definitions. Good words!