It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time to learn some new words! Wondrous Words Wednesday, hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion, is a meme which encourages us to share words we have learned while reading. The words I share will sometimes be completely new to me, and other times they will be words I am familiar with, and maybe even use correctly, but when I think about how to explain the meaning, I’m lost — I have to look it up. It’s all about expanding my vocabulary!
Here are the words I want to share this week.
This first word was discovered while reading The Secrets of Lizzie Borden by Brandy Purdy.
ephemeral - lasting a very short time
“...a moment’s delight, then puff! it is gone, the beautiful, fleeting ephemeral fancy vanished into the ether…” - page 281
These words were discovered while reading The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher
discarnate - having no physical body
“And astral cigars. Raymond had seen a discarnate man smoke one.” - page 10
stalwart - very loyal and dedicated; physically strong
“At six feet four inches, he towered over his listeners, appearing as stalwart as a Connecticut farmer.” - page 14
callow - lacking adult sophistication
“Yet she did not seem vain, like the doctor’s second wife, or callow.” - pg 18
nebbish - a timid, meek, or ineffectual person
“The nebbish had cried like a spanked babe.” - pg 34
What new-to-you words have you discovered this week?