Wednesday, March 16, 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!

Here's what I've gathered so far from this week's reading:

From Eight White Nights by Andre Aciman (p36)

Asymptotically: A line whose distance to a given curve tends to zero. The line may or may not intersect its associated curve.

Context: Should I put my arm around her? Asymptotically?

{And if you're wondering "What the heck?" So was I--that's why I didn't even come close to finishing this book...it was all like that.}

From The Woman in Black by Susan Hill:

Abstemious: sparing or moderate in eating or drinking

Context (p. 23): Mr. Bentley suffered from gout, to which he would never refer by name, though his suffering need not have given him any cause for shame, for he was an abstemious man.

Lugubrious: mournful, dismal, or gloomy--especially in an exaggerated way

Context (p. 25): On my way out of the building, the lugubrious Tomes knocked on the glass of his cubby-hole and handed me a thick brown envelope marked DRABLOW.

├ępergne: large table centerpiece--usually made of silver

Context (p. 73): The furniture had a faded bloom from the salt in the air and the candlesticks and
├ępergne were tarnished, the linen cloths stiffly folded and interleaved with yellowy tissue, the glass and china dusty.


3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I was thinking "what the heck?" when I read the sentence that used asymptotically. Was the character a mathematician or something? The only word I knew was abstemious. Thanks for participating!

Martha@Hey, I want to read that said...

I have a very wordy husband so I knew lugubrious, the rest are new to me. But now that I know it I know I should be much more of a abstemious gal.

Hope admissions is going well. My daughter's waiting to hear if she's been accepted for transfer so we know how long all this can take. Hopefully, you can relax soon.

Bev Hankins said...

No, the character wasn't a mathematician. That made for even more head-scratching when I looked up the word.