Welcome back, wordy friends!
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.
Here are three of my favorites new-to-me words, from White Dog Fell From The Sky by Eleanor Morse. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. veldt. "He lay down in the sun and dreamt troubled dreams, of pursuit, of open veldt that gave no cover or shelter."
the open country, bearing grass, bushes, or shrubs, or thinly forested, characteristic of parts of southern Africa.
I feel like I've learned this word before (maybe in a high school geography class), but I couldn't place the definition.
2. avuncularity (avuncular). "She thought of asking him to quit the avuncularity."
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an uncle: avuncular affection.
I didn't expect this fancy-sounding word to have such a simple meaning.
3. aesthete. "Then there was Drew with the bad reputation, and Zachary, the aesthete, and Brandon with the beautiful, sad eyes."
1. a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.
2. a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters.
Might be my favorite of the week. Easy to spot the root of 'aesthetic' in this one.
What are your new words this week?