Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesday Word Skills

Here are a few more words from the book "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann.

Mezuzah = a parchment scroll inscribed on one side with the Biblical passages Deut. 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and on the other side with the word Shaddai (a name applied to God), inserted in a small case or tube so that Shaddai is visible through an aperture in front and attached by some Jews to the doorpost of the home.

Funambulist = a tightrope walker.

Onanism = withdrawal of the penis in sexual intercourse so that ejaculation takes place outside the vagina; coitus interruptus.

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