Wondrous Words Wednesday

vocabularyWondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion’s Weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun. (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)

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My wondrous words this week come from Life of Pi by Yann Martel (yes, Sheri, I’m reading it!).

raiments – “They stir and leave their shelter and tiptoe to the water’s edge. They show their raiments.” pg. 15

Definition: –noun

clothing; apparel; attire.

onanists – “And there are indecencies even more bizarre: onanists breaking a sweat on monkeys, ponies, birds; a religious freak who cut a snake’s head off; a deranged man who took to urinating in an elk’s mouth.” pg. 29

Definition:–noun

1. one who withdraws the penis in sexual intercourse so that ejaculation takes place outside the vagina; coitus interruptus.
2. masturbation.

agouti – “Nonetheless, our golden agouti vanished, stolen by someone who ate it, Father suspected.” pg. 30

Definition:–noun, plural -tis, -ties.

1. any of several short-haired, short-eared, rabbitlike rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, of South and Central America and the West Indies, destructive to sugar cane.
2. an irregularly barred pattern of the fur of certain rodents.
3. an animal having fur of this pattern.

Oh, dear. My blog just went from a G to a PG-13 rating. Darn onanists!!

Wondrous Words Wednesday

vocabularyWondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion’s Weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  Feel free to join in the fun.  (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)

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This is my first time doing Kathy’s Wondrous Words meme.  These 3 words come from All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown (reviewed here).

It wasn’t until I started looking for unfamiliar words that I realized how stupid I am!!  In the past I thought there just weren’t that many words I didn’t know.  Most I can figure out from the context.  But not all..

assiduously – “The hostess, who looks like a Slavic supermodel, with her sunken cheeks and jutting clavicles, assiduously ignores everyone, including Margaret.”  pg. 36

Definition: adjective

1. constant; unremitting: assiduous reading.
2. constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task; persevering; industrious; attentive: an assiduous student.

sibilant – “The sibilant hisses of whispered prayers make it sound like she’s sitting in a snake pit.” pg. 278

Definition:–adjective

1. hissing.
2. Phoneticscharacterized by a hissing sound; noting sounds like those spelled with s 

binaries – “The woman is expressing her female-centered sexuality, Margaret would neutrally observe; she is rejecting binaries and entering into the Symbolic.”  pg. 146

Definition:–noun

5. a whole composed of two.
6. Astronomybinary star.
7. Also called binary number. Mathematicsa number expressed in the binary system of notation.  

 

(Even with the definition of binaries, I still don’t really get the meaning in the sentence!)