Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

It's Wednesday and time for some new words. This weekend, I was reading Badlands by Richard Montanari, and I found some good ones there:

1. Wordstruck - "The daughter of a Scranton shopkeeper, Monica liked to dress in red; shy and wordstruck and virginal."

Oddly enough, I can't find a definition online for wordstruck. I did find a quote from Robert MacNeil's book, Wordstruck, that is helpful: “Wordstruck is exactly what I was—and still am: crazy about the sound of words, the look of words, the taste of words, the feeling for words on the tongue and in the mind.” ~Robert MacNeil, Wordstruck

2. Tangram - "'This is called a tangram puzzle,' she said."

The tangram is a Chinese "dissection" puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only in outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap.

3. Doyenne - "...an aging circus acrobat with flame-red tresses and ill-fitting teeth, the portly doyenne of a Hungarian gypsy troupe..."

I had always assumed doyenne meant an older woman. It actually means the oldest woman, the senior member of a group.

4. Gessoed - "Katja stared at him, through him, her face a blank, gessoed canvas."

A blank surface prepared for painting; gesso is a thick, white mixture made of plaster and glue that is applied to a surface to prepare it for painting or gilding

5. Ludo - "One word glared back. Ludo."

A simple board game in which players move counters according to the throw of dice.

6. Corollarium - "There was a single word beneath the last video. Corollarium."

A garland of flowers; a present; a gratiuty.

7. Micropsia - "Plus, I discovered there's something called Alice in Wonderland syndrome, also known as micropsia, which causes a person to perceive large objects as being much smaller."

Micropsia is a neurological condition affecting human visual perception, in which objects appear smaller than normal and the subject larger than normal.

Interesting words from a book about a deadly game. What words did you find this week?

7 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Boy did you find some good ones this week. I knew what gesso is because I used to work for an artist. Thanks for playing along.

Nicole said...

I think that I always though the same thing as you about doyenne. Interesting. I can be a doyenne if in young enough company.

Margot said...

I guess you can say that all of us who play Wodrous Words every week are wordstruck.

Mo said...

You DID get some good ones this week, didn't you?! I think the only one I knew was gesso (my mister used to work in repairing and refurbishing antiques - they used gesso, occasionally.)

Great list; Happy Reading!

Jeane said...

When I was a kid, we had a magnetic set of those shapes- or maybe they were the kind that stick on car windows? I never knew what it was called before- tangram!

Jo-Jo said...

Wow those are some interesting words you found. My words are here.

Smilingsal said...

You discovered a bunch of new ones. Here are mine.
ttp://bookcritiques.blogspot.com/2009/04/wondrous-words-wednesday.html