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 favorite new-to-me words from Cooked by Michael Pollan. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. quotidian. "As soon as you start down this path of thinking, the quotidian space of the kitchen appears in a startling new light."
1. daily: a quotidian report.
2. usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs.
3. ordinary; commonplace: paintings of no more than quotidian artistry.
4. (of a fever, ague, etc) characterized by paroxysms that occur daily.
5. something occurring daily.
6. a quotidian fever or ague.
I like this one. Such a fancy-sounding word for something so...everyday.
2. declension. "They disdain charcoal as a modern-day declension and sauce as 'a cover-up for bad cooking.'"
1. an act or instance of declining.
2. a bending, sloping, or moving downward: land with a gentle declension toward the sea.
3. deterioration; decline.
4. deviation, as from a standard.
I figured the meaning of this one pretty well from its context, but I don't know if I've ever actually seen it in print before.
3. habilines. "Compared to the apelike habilines from which it evolved, Homo erectus had a smaller jaw, smaller teeth, a smaller gut--and a considerably larger brain."
nounI couldn't find this one at dictionary.com. An internet search showed that this is a term used for the members of the species Homo habilis, which is thought to be the earliest species (now extinct) in the human genus Homo. Basically, early humans.