Monday, July 27, 2009

Wednesday Word Skills ... on Monday

Well, this is the final installment of the words I learned from reading "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman.

These really were some interesting words and I'm glad I took the time to look them up in the dictionary.

I hope you enjoyed them, too.

Fantods = a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies.

Orrery = an apparatus for representing the positions, motions, and phases of the planets, satellites, etc., in the solar system.

Ponce = a pimp; a campily effeminate male.

Excrescence = an abnormal outgrowth, usually harmless, on an animal or vegetable body; a normal outgrowth, as hair or horns; any disfiguring addition.

Fealty = fidelity; faithfulness.

Plinth = a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal.

Praxis = convention, habit, or custom; a set of examples for practice.

Golem = In Jewish folklore, a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and endowed with life.

Glaive = a sword or broadsword.

Cosplayer = One who takes part in cosplay, which is a subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu and video games and, less commonly, Japanese live action TV shows, fantasy movies or Japanese pop music bands.

Aeruginous = bluish-green; like verdigris.

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