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Weekly Words 3

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)


Weekly Words 2

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)


Weekly Words 1

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!