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Sunday, October 19, 2008

new words

New words for last week, mostly courtesy of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay:

animadvert: to comment unfavorably or critically
cenotaph: a monument to commemorate a dead person whose remains lie elsewhere
fete: a festival or feast
morocco: a soft fine leather of goatskin
oeuvre: the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole
Philistine: one who is indifferent or antagonistic to artistic or cultural values
prognathous: having jaws that project forward to a marked degree
rubicund: rosy in complexion; ruddy
tocsin: a warning bell
turbid: having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; in turmoil

and the best word of all:

defenestrate: to throw out of a window

I don't know about you, but I think that having an entire word dedicated to throwing things out the window is fantastic.



  • "Defenestrate"--excellent word indeed! Sounds familiar from Latin class, but I would've never remembered it on my own. I've gotta work this one into a sentence somewhere!

    By Blogger Stacey, At October 20, 2008 at 3:15 PM  

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