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Wondrous Words Wednesday … 02/11/2011

    ‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ 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!!


I had thought that I was finished with the ‘new to me’ words, from The Children of Men by P.D. James, however I have discovered one final word, which is probably one of the, if not the most, pivotal expressions in the entire book.

I had assumed, incorrectly as it turns out, that this word was a fictional one, made up specifically for the book.

In the context of ‘The Children Of Men’, it is used to describe a ‘ceremony’, whereby a group of elderly people gather together, having apparently ‘voluntarily’ decided that it is the right time to end their lives, then en masse commit suicide.


The word is ‘QUIETUS’

“…. But he had promised Julian that he would see a Quietus and that must mean watching until the boats were out of sight ….”


The definition of the word, is taken from:  Dictionary.com


noun, plural -tus·es.


a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles: eg. Having given a quietus to the argument, she left.

discharge or release from life.

a period of retirement or inactivity.


Such an innocuous sounding word, but used with such venom and malicious intent in the book.


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