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 some of my recent reads. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. ziggurat. "As we skirt the vast orange ziggurat of Sainsbury's, a man behind the wheel of a huge lorry waves his arms angrily, as if to sweep us out of his line of vision." (from The Uninvited by Liz Jensen)
(among the ancient Babylonians and Assyrians) a temple of Sumerian origin in the form of a pyramidal tower, consisting of a number of stories and having about the outside a broad ascent winding round the structure, presenting the appearance of a series of terraces.
I believe the author was trying to convey how maze-like and confusing the area was.
2. internecine. "The internecine commenter strife fails to make me feel any better about the post, so I turn back to my final duties for the day." (from Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose)
1. of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group: an internecine feud among proxy holders.
2. mutually destructive.
3. characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
The character was referring to a battle going on between commenters on her blog post.
3. duiker. "Over her shoulder was slung a rough bag, made from the hide of a duiker." (from White Dog Fell From The Sky by Eleanor Morse)
any of several small African antelopes of the Cephalophus, Sylvicapra, and related genera, the males andoften the females having short, spikelike horns: some are endangered.
There's your African zoology lesson for the day!
What are your new words this week?