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 some of my recent reads. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. apostasy. "He was, to put it lightly, a disillusioned RKC instructor, well on his way to total apostasy." (from The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne)
a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.
I knew this was sometimes used as a religious term, but I didn't understand how it fit in this context...now I do!
2. solipsism. "The entire trip takes us nearly an hour, and Jane distracts me from my solipsism by telling me an involved story about her creepy, sexist landlord." (from Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose)
1. (in philosophy) the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
For some reason, I thought this word meant laziness or sleepiness, just based on the way it sounded.
3. glossolalia. "'You'll hear snatches of speech, but it's pretty minimal.' 'Glossolalia?'" (from The Uninvited by Liz Jensen)
nounincomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy, or schizophrenia.
Totally new word for me, and a fun one to pronounce at that!