Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Wondrous Words Wednesday
Kathy over at Bermudaonion's Weblog hosts Wondrous Words Wednesday. If you come across a word (or two) while reading that is new to you and would like to share your new knowledge, then hop over to Kathy's place and link up!
This week I've been working on Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh and found the following:
Adze: an axe or woodcarving tool
Context: "Seen from a distance, it resembled a gigantic wishbone adorned with a hairy crest. It was by this crest that they held it, standing well away from the two shafts, one of which was wooden while the other glinted dully in sunlight. It was a Maori adze.
Corroboree: a ceremonial meeting of Australian Aborigines; also used in the northwest Australia to define theatrical practices as different from ceremony
Context: The men on the top of the mound--there were two of them now beside [Septimus]Falls--squatted close to each other as if they held a corroboree.
Recrudescence: a reoccurance of symptoms in a patient whose disease seems to have been cured or put in remission. A relapse.
Context: Your anatomical uncle says he doesn't think there will be a recrudescence of the fibrositis, which is, I consider, a magic phrase.