Words from my reading

A few fun words that were new to me this week:

largo, adv & adj [especially as a direction, in music] In a slow tempo and dignified in style
page 11, Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney
“We trudged back to our seats like mourners in a funeral procession, our footfalls a solemn largo on the red-flecked carpet.”
When I came back and typed the sentence out, it clicked. But I decided to leave it here anyway.

Frigid Arnica in the Interior of Alaska, by G.Goodwin Jr. and Snark, via Wikipedia.

arnica, n A plant of the daisy family that bears yellow daisy-like flowers, native to cooler regions of the Northern Hemisphere, it is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental; a preparation of this plant used medicinally, especially for the treatment of bruises (and muscle and joint pain)
page 14, Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney
“On occasion I popped a homeopathic remedy under my tongue or slathered my aches in arnica gel.”

celluloid, n A transparent flammable plastic made in sheets from camphor and nitrocellulose, formerly used for cinematographic film
page 22, Wounded by Claudia Mair Burne
“That surely Veronica was somewhere on the main floor inconsolable, weeping at the celluloid image of an actor made up to look like the suffering Son of Man.”
Hm, not sure why I didn’t get this one when I first read it, either. Maybe I was tired when I started this book?

wiseacre, n A person with an affectation of wisdom or knowledge, regarded with scorn or irritation by others, a know-it-all
page 104, Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney
“I knew him to be a wiseacre, but his flip attitude irritated me.”

scapulars, pl n Short monastic cloaks covering the shoulders; a symbol of affiliation to an ecclesiastical order, consisting of two strips of cloth hanging down the breast and back and joined over the shoulders
page 119, Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney
“She’d filled her bag with an impressive stock of prayer candles and religious sundries: holy cards, scapulars, medals, all kinds of stuff.”
The only definition I knew was an adjective, [anatomy and zoology] Of or relating to the shoulder or the shoulder blade.

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of the book cited here:
Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney

What new words have you found lately?

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8 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. The arnica picture is beautiful. I had no idea it was used as a medicinal substance. Your other words are interesting too. You always have such interesting words. Must be all those great books you read.

  2. Thanks for the post! Largo and scapulars- now, I know ’em.
    (BTW- i’m susiebj on twitter)

  3. This photo is lovely, and a new word for me too; thanks.

  4. Nice list! I never thought of “largo” as a word on its own (outside of Key Largo, I mean!).

    • Ha! Yeah, there’s that usage, too. Once I re-read it this morning, the musical definition came to me (all those years of piano lessons), but I didn’t get it when I was reading the book.

  5. I think wiseacre was my dad’s favorite word when I was growing up. He was always telling me not to be one. Great words!

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