livelihood - noun
simple definition: a way of earning money in order to live
or: 1) means of support or subsistence
2) obsolete: the quality or state of being lively.
When I encountered this word while reading Take Me With You, I knew what it meant. But the author used it a different way. Discussing climbing:
"It's my livelihood, August."
" No, it isn't."
"How can you say that? You think I don't know my own livelihood?"
The discussion continues with the adult suggesting that the young man's love of climbing is his raison d'etre. His reason for existence.
Ten pages later I came across a word that I had never heard before.
abseil - verb
August wondered if Seth could give up and abseil down if he didn't want to go on.
"abseiling from German abseilen, meaning "to rope down", also called rappelling, is the controlled descent of a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope."
My son and daughter-in-law are climbers and I know the word rappel. So I learned something new this week. And that is what Wondrous Words Wednesday is all about.
Have a great rest of the week.
Stay Busy and Stay Happy