Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday! 10.27.10

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermudaonion's Weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun (please do!) Be sure to leave a link to your post over at Bermudaonion's Weblog.

The first word are from Hailey's War by Jodi Compton

"I'd heard it before but never really believed it, that there were people like Shay in the world, who looked good and acted normal but had necrotic tissue where their conscience should have been" (p.284)

1. Necrosis - noun
:the death of one or more cells in the body, usually within a localized area, as from an interruption of the blood supply to that part
:localized death of living tissue

The words below are from Every Last One by Anna Quindlen:

"We are in New England, which is not the same as England at all, but perhaps wishing, and viburnum and hollyhocks, will make it so. (p. 20)

2. Viburnum ~ noun
:any of a genus of widely distributed shrubs or small trees of the honeysuckle family with simple leaves and white or sometimes pink cymose flowers: certain species of which, as the cranberry bush or snowball, are cultivated for ornament.

"And then it occurred to me that I was already dead, that what was left behind was a carapace, like the shells of cicadas we found a few summers ago." (p.200)
3. Carapace ~ noun
: a protective, decorative or disguising shell
: the thick hard shield, made of chitin or bone, that covers part of the body of crabs, lobsters, tortoises, etc
: a bony shield, test, or shell covering some or all of the dorsal part of an animal, as of a turtle.


  1. Viburnum sounded familiar but I couldn't have defined it. Thanks for participating!!

  2. I liked necrotic and especially liked the way the author used the word to convey his thoughts.

  3. How about 'pellucid'-- Another of my favorites!!