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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy aka Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun.

My new words this week:
From The Help by Kathryn Stockett
peau de soie
p. 262 "She is almost my height in her peau de soie heels."
A weighty fabric that likes to drape

From The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English by Henry Hitchings
Shibboleths
p. 4 "Sayings, for instance, and cliches, shibboleths and slang."

1. a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons.
2. a slogan; catchword.
3. a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth.

I'm betting this one is definition 2 but since it's a book about language, all 3 could come into play at some point.

3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I don't think I'll be using those words anytime soon! Thanks for participating!

Sharla said...

I loved The Help! Great words. I didn't know either of them. Thanks for sharing!

Carin said...

I'm glad I looked up peau de soie. I actually thought it was a style of shoe, not a fabric! I still don't know what kind of fabric particularly but I'm one step closer to knowing what it means.