by phildini on September 2, 2014
I'm working my way through a book of Jack Vance-inspired stories, and the vocabulary is thick as fog.
philtre - a magic potion (Wiki)
ague - a fever (Merriam-Webster)
whit - the smallest part imaginable (Merriam-Webster)
sortie - deployment of military forces from a strongpoint (Wiki)
ell - a unit of measure derived from the length of a man's forearm. (Wiki)
lictor - a bodyguard for Roman political leaders (Wiki)
nacre - another name for mother-of-pearl (Wiki)
cataphract - heavily armored cavalry (Wiki)
by phildini on August 25, 2014
Another installment of "Words What I Looked Up This Week", defined for our mutual pleasure.
transon - transverse horizontal structural beam, normally over a door (Wiki)
loggia - exterior gallery support by pillars in facade (Wiki)
pilaster - ornamental fake column (Wiki)
sestina - fixed verse poen consisting of six six-line stanzas (Wiki)
villanelle - 19 line poem consisting of 5 tercets, followed by a quatrain (Wiki)
damask - reversible fabric of patterned silk (Wiki)
orpiment - deep orange/yellow arsenic sulfide mineral (Wiki)
roseate - rose-colored, optimistic (Wiki)
by phildini on August 14, 2014
Howdy. On the recommendation of a really good book I picked up a couple weeks ago, I've started collecting words that are unknown to me. Here's the words I came across this week that I needed to look up, with my interpretation of their definition.
milieu - the general environment something takes place in, including natural and unnatural features, atmosphere, and culture (Wiki Milieu)
serge - a type of fabric, tightly woven, often wool, with a distinct pattern (Wiki Serge)
zweiback - twice-baked sweet toast from Germany. Literally means "twice baked" (Wiki Zweiback)
dramaturge - researcher and developer in a theater company. Kind of a meta-producer, responsible for meshing all the different creative visions with the source material (Wiki Dramaturge)
trinitite - glassy mineral residue left by the Trinity Bomb test (Wiki Trinitite)
Check back next week for more words!