My words this week are from a book which I have just finished reading, an emotional and thought provoking book, that found me examining my own life more closely.
As usual, there will be no spoilers from the book, save the lines which actually contain my mystery words, but if you click on the image, Amazon will let you take a peek at the full synopsis.
‘The Other Side Of You’ by Salley Vickers
Page 26: ‘It bothered me that she was able to alter the atmosphere with one brief phrase, or word, and that in my domestic life I had fallen into a more or less permanently propitiatory position.’
Propitiatory: – The adjective of the noun propitiate, to win or regain the favour of; to appease.
Page 72: ‘Perhaps it was as well for Hannan that the unreasonable doesn’t make convincing testimony in court. Nor is it yet a recognised Prophylactic procedure.
Prophylactic: – A preventive measure. The word comes from the Greek for “an advance guard,” an apt term for a measure taken to fend off a disease or another unwanted consequence. A prophylactic is a medication or a treatment designed and used to prevent a disease from occurring.
Page 111 : ‘From the lone flower seller they bought yellow roses ad laid them at the base of the dark-cowled effigy, in memory of the burned man; and close by was a congenial-looking osteria, where they ate lamb cooked with artichokes, and strawberries steeped in white wine.’
Osteria: – An Osteria (Italian pronunciation: [osteria]) in Italian literally means a place where the owner “hosts” people, is an Italian-style eating establishment, similar to a tavern, usually in the country, less formal than a ristorante or trattoria, where wine is served as the main attraction.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog. You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered.