Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Diane at BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy. The following words are from one of my current reads, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti.
peregrinations: noun from the verb peregrinate which means to travel especially on foot.
pg 8 " The newsletter was a revved-up reflection of Ari's peregrinations, and such was never meant to be literature."
simulacrum: noun image or representation; or an insubstantial form or semblance of something TRACE.
pg 32 A story is time itself boxed and compressed. It is the briefest entertainment and simulacrum of real life.
lingam: a stylized phallic symbol that is worshiped in Hinduism as a sign of generative power and that represents the god Shiva.
pg 35 Constellated on the beach in front of the hotel was a whole galaxy of overripe topless European bathers and lingam-hugging Speedos that made us feel acutely American.
Peregrinations I should have been able to know had something to do with the foot, but I wanted to know for sure. Simulacrum is pretty well defined in the sentence preceding it's usage and I was sure I knew what the author was describing in lingam-hugging Speedos, but the word was absolutely unknown to me!
All definitions come from the online version of Merriam Webster dictionary. The dictionary embedded in blogger doesn't much like "constellated", "lingam" or "Speedos"!!
Did you discover any unknown words to describe known objects or ideas in your reading this week?
Until next time
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