1. – First up this time is a word I heard used during the Channel 4 evening news programme of 7th February 2017.
There was an interview, conducted by Channel 4 reporter Matt Frei, with Donald Trump adviser Ted Malloch, in which the question was posed …
Do you relish the opprobrium you are getting in places like Europe?
You can check out this 4 minute interview here.
Harsh criticism or censure.
Public disgrace arising from shameful conduct.
An occasion or cause of reproach or disgrace.
2. – This word I discovered when browsing the Goodreads Giveaway selection on 9th February 2017.
To be honest, it was the sheer length of the book’s title which caught my eye, before I zoomed in on this particular word and needed to know what it meant.
“Diatomaceous Earth or The Humdrum Life of the Lackadaisical Barry: A Field Guide for the Birds” By H.Williams
is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Depending on the granularity, this powder can have an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and has a low density as a result of its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of oven-dried diatomaceous earth is 80 to 90% silica, with 2 to 4% alumina (attributed mostly to clay minerals) and 0.5 to 2% iron oxide.
Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including metal polishes and toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator.
3. – And finally this time, a word I discovered in a review by the lovely Naida @’The Bookworm‘
“Things We Lost In The Fire: Stories” By Mariana Enriquez
Macabre, disturbing and exhilarating, Things We Lost in the Fire is a collection of twelve short stories that use fear and horror to explore multiple dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina. From women who set themselves on fire in protest of domestic violence to angst-ridden teenage girls, friends until death do they part, to street kids and social workers, young women bored of their husbands or boyfriends, to a nine-year-old serial killer of babies and a girl who pulls out her nails and eyelids in the classroom, to hikikomori, abandoned houses, black magic, northern Argentinean superstition, disappearances, crushes, heartbreak, regret and compassion. This is a strange, surreal and unforgettable collection by an astonishing new talent asking vital questions of the world as we know it.
In Japan, Hikikomori, (literally “pulling inward, being confined”, i.e., “acute social withdrawal”) are reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. Hikikomori refers to both the phenomenon in general and the recluses themselves. Hikikomori have been described as loners or “modern-day hermits.”
… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have 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, there is always a great selection.
Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!