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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy over at BermudaOnion's Weblog. If you've come across an interesting word or three this week in your reading run on over to BermudaOnion's and grab the button, write a post and link up at her blog!

All words this week found in 'The Great Mistake' by Mary Roberts Rinehart

'I held her there while Tony yelled orders and vituperation at everybody within hearing distance.'     pg. 30

vi·tu·per·a·tion            n.

1. The act or an instance of vituperating; abusive censure.
2. Sustained, harshly abusive language; invective.
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'He stood by until Prince discovered that the bird's intentions were pacific.' pg. 132

pa·cif·ic      adj.

1. Tending to diminish or put an end to conflict; appeasing.
2. Of a peaceful nature; tranquil.

'I had meant to ask her about Bill's arrest, but the moment was not propitious.'  pg. 133

pro·pi·tious  adj.

1. Presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious. See Synonyms at favorable.
2. Kindly; gracious.

[Middle English propicius, from Old French propicieux, from Latin propitius; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

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  1. Great words! Now I wonder what the background of the name Pacific Ocean is. Thanks so much for participating!

  2. Hi Peggy! What a great blog you have here! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my Teaser Tuesday post.

    Cindy @ Cindy's Book Club

  3. I'm always astonishedto see how numerous are the words we share in English and French : vitupération et pacifique are among them !

  4. I knew pacific from the story of the Ocean getting its name from Magellan who happened to first encounter it on a peaceful day during his circumnavigation.

  5. It's funny what you take for granted. I live on the Pacific Ocean, and just crossed it (twice) in the past few weeks, but had never thought about why it was called Pacific Ocean, and now I know! Thanks. I've always enjoyed the word vituperative.


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