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 The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. vassal. "The hoary vassal in the sweater spoke for the first time."
1. (in the feudal system) a person granted the use of land, in return for rendering homage, fealty, and usually military service or its equivalent to a lord or other superior; feudal tenant.
2. a person holding some similar relation to a superior; a subject, subordinate, follower or retainer.
3. a servant or slave.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a vassal.
2. having the status or position of a vassal.
I knew the first definition of this word from my high school social studies classes, but I guess I never considered that its meaning could be used in a more modern way as well..
2. disquisition. "An elderly gentleman in green pants raised his hand, stood, and offered a ten-minute disquisition on event-controlled versus time-controlled traffic lights..."
a formal discourse or treatise in which a subject is examined and discussed; dissertation.
I guessed this one from the context, but was still glad to look up the definition, since I don't think I've heard it used before.
3. ephemera. "Full runs of ephemera from The New York Times to the original Black Panther newsletters."
nounitems designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.
I've heard this word a million times but didn't know the definition. And now I know that I, keeper of every ticket stub, birthday card, etc., am a total hoarder of ephemera!!