Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday - July 29, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme (hosted by Kathy over on her wonderful blog, Bermudaonion) where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun.

These words are brought to us by Andrew Sean Greer, author of The Story of a Marriage.

crenellated - cren·e·lat·ed also cren·el·lat·ed
1. Having battlements.
2. Indented; notched: a crenelated wall.
"I thrust my arms out at the open sky, the clouds bright and crenellated as the grass below, all of it moving, rustling, in the strong wind that smelled of the ocean."

semaphore –noun apparatus for conveying information by means of visual signals, as a light whose position may be changed.
2. any of various devices for signaling by changing the position of a light, flag, etc.
3. a system of signaling, esp. a system by which a special flag is held in each hand and various positions of the arms indicate specific letters, numbers, etc.
–verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4. to signal by semaphore or by some system of flags.
"They communicated in a wild semaphore, like mating birds, while I looked around the floor and saw the barkless tree trunks, polished by wallflowers' stroking hands, the clear sky pitted with stars above the garlands of lights that onw young man was jokily reaching up to unscrew as his date beat him happily with her purse."

plinth -
–noun Architecture.
1. a slablike member beneath the base of a column or pier.
2. a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal.
3. Also called plinth course. a projecting course of stones at the base of a wall; earth table.
4.(in joinery) a flat member at the bottom of an architrave, dado, baseboard, or the like.
"We descended to the clearing, unkempt except around two stone plinths that marked the last duel in California."

1 comment:

Lori said...

Very interesting words! I like the idea too. I'll have to keep this one in mind for Wednesday's post. Thanks!