Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday



Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

I have quite a lot more words from Parade's End by Ford Maddox Ford for you.  As I missed last week's post due to this horrid flu virus that's doing the rounds I shall leave you with a mere eight words to get stuck into this week.

strafe - verb: to harass with gunfire or bombs.  Noun: an act of strafing.
"A terrific strafe from First Army forwarded from Garrison HQ".

bur - noun: 1. a seed or seed-head with hooked bristles, clinging to the hair or clothes. 2A persistently clinging or nettlesome person or thing.  3. A rough protuberance, especially a burl on a tree.  4. Any of various rotary cutting tools designed to be attached to a drill.
"A regular daily bur".

lief - adv: gladly, willingly
"And Christopher would lie on the floor as lief as in a goose feather bed".

anchorite - noun: a hermit, a religious recluse.
"In her retreat at her convent she lay as hard and as cold as any anchorite".

comity - noun: courtesy, friendship; an association of nations etc. for their mutual benefit.
"That all those millions were the plaything of ants busy in the miles of corridors beneath the domes and spires that rise up over the central heart of our comity".

cumbrously - adj: cumbersome
"He thrust one of his legs cumbrously out of the top of his flea-bag".

crepitating - verb: crepitateto make a crackling sound.
"The wickerwork of Perowne's chair had been crepitating as if it had been in a railway car".

perspicacity - noun: 1. intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings).  2. the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions.
"The general began to expatiate on the importance of his office and the number of enemy agents his perspicacity caused to be arrested every day in that city".

What amazing words have you found?

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