Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wondrous Word Wednesday: I Am So Tired Right Now Edition

Hosted by Bermuda Onion, the point of this meme is to share all the new words you came across this week. Yay!


Ok I haven't slept in two nights so let's get this over with. I read two or three books in a row that provided no words whatsoever, so I was glad to start a book today that gave me three in the first 30 pages.

These are from Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima.

cenotaph -- a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are elsewhere

It had been composed with an artist's eye for structure: it really made it seem as if the thousands of soldiers who were present were arranged deliberately, like figures in a painting, to focus the entire attention of the viewer on the tall cenotaph of unpainted wood in their midst.

pellucid -- two definitions here: reflecting light evenly from all surfaces ; easy to understand

And the drop of ink spread, dull and gray, clouding everything in his heart that had been pellucid only a moment ago.

I think both definitions apply, but one is more metaphor pellucidness.

tonsure -- the practice of some religious sects of cutting the hair from the scalp of clerics, devotees, or holy people as a symbol of their renunciation of worldly fashion

After her ritual tonsuring, she declined to accept one of the benefices reserved for imperial princesses, deciding instead to found a new temple, one whose nuns would devote themselves to study of the scriptures.


  1. I'm sorry you haven't been sleeping and I appreciate you posting under those circumstances. All of your words are new to me.

  2. very neat words! I did not know any of them.

  3. Yay, I'm always happy when I know all the words - makes me feel very knowledgeable :). Get some rest!
    Here are my words

  4. I knew tonsure. But the other two are new to me. Pellucid is great word to use in poetry. I will do so!

    Here is my Wondrous Words Wednesdays post!

  5. All new words to me too. Sorry about your sleepless nights. You need a dull book.

  6. I've come across all of those before, but tonsure was the only one I really knew. Good choices!

    My words are here.


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