Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Wondrous Words Wednesday 10/29/14
Bermudaonion's Weblog host this wonderful meme to showcase words we encounter in our reading. Join us and tell us about words you discovered.
from Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
"His handwriting was elegant, if a little spidery, and his sentences were long and extravagant, filled with words like "mendacious" and "abscond".
Mendacious : adjective
: not honest : likely to tell lies
: based on lies
The sentence in which mendacious was used gave me no clue as to its meaning. I knew abscond but needed to look up mendacious.
"Cowboys who could ride anything, caught them and ran them on fear, spurring and quirting them too hard, taking pride in staying on no matter how desperately they bucked and fishtailed.
quirt : transitive verb
:to strike or drive with a quirt
quirt: noun - a riding whip with a short handle and a rawhide leash.
I thought I knew that the word whipping could be substituted here, but the word was unfamiliar to me.
from beth's book-nook blog. 10/25/14 - her Saturday Snapshot post. She is involved in a local theatrical production
"Wish me break a leg as this is our final weekend (and we are being adjudicated)."
adjudicated: transitive verb
: to settle judicially