Words from my reading

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



biretta, n Originally, a small cap worn as distinctive of a trade or profession; afterward, a scholastic cap, or such as was worn indoors by members of the learned professions; now, in the Roman Catholic Church, the ecclesiastical cap (This last is square, and has three and sometimes four horns or projections on top, crossing it at equal angles, and frequently having a tuft or tassel where the horns meet in the middle. For priests and the lower orders its color is black, and for bishops also, at least in Rome, though elsewhere they commonly wear one of violet, corresponding with the color of the cassock; for cardinals it is red.)
page 162, Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang
“Edward rubbed his eyes as he removed the three-edged black biretta from his head and loosened the cincture at his waist.”

prosy, adj Matter-of-fact and dry, prosaic; dull, commonplace
page 8, Lucky Baby by Meredith Efken
“I stared out the window at the prosy March Sunday, pedestrian as a Shoenberg string quartet.”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang
Lucky Baby by Meredith Efken

What new words have you found lately?


2 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. The Biretta is kind of cute, but I doubt I’ll ever use that word. I like prosy and will try to remember it.

  2. I like prosy too. I wonder why we don’t see that more often. I’m going to adopt that one.

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