Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday! 7.28.10

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!

All of these words come from The Heart Is Not A Size by Beth Kephart.

Some days we'd walk in and there'd be paired terms on the board: Insidious/Invidious, Ominous/Onerous, Nom de plume/Nom de guerre, Tortuous/Torturous.

1. Invidious -adj.
1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks
2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons
3. causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy: an invidious honor
4. obsolete

2. Tortuous -adj.
1. full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked: a tortuous path.
2. not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; intricate; circuitous:
tortuous negotiations lasting for months.
3. deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy
4. devious or cunning: a tortuous mind.

My first veridical panic attack had come the day before the marking period had ended, when an Objects at Rest essay was due.

3. Veridical -adj.
1. truthful; veracious
2. corresponding to facts; not illusory; real; actual; genuine


  1. Those are all great words - I found a couple words when I read that book too! I hope you're enjoying the book as much as I did. Thanks for playing along.

  2. I like these wondrous words posts. I've always been interested in learning new words. You found a few really good ones too.

  3. Thanks for sharing all these words. I must admit I did not know all of them.
    Hope you are doing well. Wishing you a wonderful week filled with good books and happiness.

  4. Thanks for all the new words. Hope you're enjoying the book.

  5. I also love the word "insidious"!

  6. The last two I have seen before but didn't really know their meanings.

  7. Thank you for stopping by today. Look at all these words. Does it not amaze you how there are so many words you have never heard of.