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 Indiscretion by Charles Dubow. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. postlapsarian. "No one looks at anyone as we hurriedly pull our clothes over our wet bodies. Our mood is postlapsarian."
occurring or being after the Fall.
This word perfectly describes the somber, post-revelry mood at this point in the book.
2. pareo (pareu). "Maddy says nothing but smiles and removes her old green cotton pareo, the one she bought years ago in Spain."
a length of cloth, especially of brightly colored print, wrapped on the body like a lavalava and worn by women as a cover-up, skirt, dress, or the like.
Apparently this is a Tahitian word, as a lavalava is the primary item of dress for people living in Samoa.
3. escritoire. "Matching bureaus, a dressing table with my great-grandmother's silver-backed Tiffany hairbrushes still on it, a fireplace, an escritoire, a pair of Louis XV armchairs."
I kind of guessed this one (ecrire is the French verb for "write") but I'd never seen this word used before.
What are your new words this week?