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!
These words are from The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.
apocryphal - of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
“But in that first storm, suffering from exposure and frostbite and desperate, he’d remembered an idea he’s previously dismissed as apocryphal.”
satsuma - a tangerine of a hardy loose-skinned variety, originally grown in Japan
“We divide the Earth up into segments like a peeled satsuma,” she says.
These next words are from The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.
chiaroscuro - an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something
“She switched on the cab’s light and saw her own face as a chiaroscuro in the windscreen against the darkness outside.”
paraselenae - a bright spot in the sky similar to a parhelion but formed by moonlight; also called mock moon or moon dog.
“She realized that two of the moons were paraselenae”
And of course we need to know that meaning of....
parhelion - any of several bright spots often tinged with color that often appear on the parhelic circle called also sun dog.
parhelic circle - a luminous circle or halo parallel to the horizon at the altitude of the sun, also called parhelic ring.
What new-to-you words have you discovered this week?