Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wednesday Word Skills ... on Saturday

Can you believe the number of new words I found in Lev Grossman's book "The Magicians?"
Some of them are so interesting, I almost believed Lev made them up himself. But, no! These are actual words and I was able to find them in the dictionary!
Of course, I did have to look in more than one dictionary to find some of them!
Do you have some favorites? I'm kind of partial to "nimbi." I like the meaning and it's sort of fun to say!

Corporeal = of, for or having the nature of, the body; physical; bodily; not spiritual. Of a material nature, perceptible by the senses; tangible.

Declension = a bending or sloping downward; a falling off or away.

Didactic = used or intended for teaching or instruction. Morally instructive or intended to be so. Too much inclined to teach others; boringly pedantic or moralistic.

Excoriate = to strip, scratch or rub off the skin of; flay, abrade, chafe, etc.; to denounce harshly.

Glassine = a thin but tough, glazed, nearly transparent paper used as for envelopes.

Golem = a human being artificially created by cabalistic rites.

Gonfalon = a flag hanging from a crosspiece instead of an upright staff, usually ending in streamers.

Madrigal = a short poem, usually a love poem, which can be set to music. An often contrapuntal song with parts for several voices singing without accompaniment, popular in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Loosely, any song, especially a part song.

Naiad = any of the nymphs living in and giving life to springs, fountains, rivers and lakes. Any of a family of submerged, fresh-water plants having linear opposite leaves. The aquatic nymph of certain insects, as the dragonfly or mayfly.

Chitinous = mutinous, tenuous.

Nimbi = a cloud or aura surrounding a person or thing; halo.

Faun = one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.

Susurrus = a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper.

Palimpsest = a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.

Verdant = green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass; of the color green; inexperienced, unsophisticated.

Subpar = not measuring up to traditional standards of performance, value, or production.

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