‘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!!
My words this week come from my current read … a gutsy, fast paced thriller,
‘The Safety Expert’ by Doug Richardson
“Ben Keller lives life by one simple rule. Safety first. Ben is keenly aware of life’s hidden dangers. Ben never smokes. Ben always uses the crosswalk. Ben always drives within the speed limit. He has to be because safety is his business. From his home in Simi Valley, California, one of the safest cities in the United States, Ben works hard at living a perfectly normal, perfectly uneventful, perfectly safe life.
And life is good until the past reaches into the present. In the dark of the night, a man crosses a lonely intersection and is struck by a car, setting events in motion that will unravel the finely stitched strands of Ben’s cocoon, from a recently retired porn actress who is desperate to be a mother to the butch cop determined to shield her young son from the whisperings of the queen bee moms at his private school to the addict who is clawing to hold onto the sobriety which cages the violence within him.
A long dismissed demon has resurfaced, presenting Ben with a most unsafe dilemma: preserve the haven he has carefully built for himself or confront the evildoer who decimated his carefree young life all those years ago.
Ben is in danger. Ben’s world is unsafe. Ben’s life will be changed forever. Again.”
1. TROMPED …(I could have guessed this one, but it is such a great word)
‘As Stew tromped toward the rear of his site, he continued his phone conversation.’
TROMPED … 1.To walk heavily and noisily; tramp … 2.To apply heavy foot pressure on something … 3.To trample underfoot … 4.To defeat soundly; trounce.
“In fact, Ben would sometimes pontificate, Americans by in large ignored any and all odds, astronomical or otherwise.”
PONTIFICATE … 1.To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way … 2.To administer the office of a pontiff … 3.The office or term of office of a pontiff.
3 &4. MOOKS & SHIV
‘… and then having to divide the dough with mooks half as smart as himself just to keep someone from sticking a shiv in his back.’
MOOK … An insignificant or contemptible person.
SHIV … A knife, razor, or other sharp or pointed implement, especially one used as a weapon.
5&6. GENTRIFICATION & BARRIO
‘And as much as the area had been slowly reborn from inevitable urban gentrification, some remnants of its barrio roots remained untouched.’
GENTRIFICATION … The restoration and upgrading of deteriorated urban property by middle-class or affluent people, often resulting in displacement of lower-income people.
BARRIO … 1. An urban district or quarter in a Spanish-speaking country … 2. A chiefly Spanish-speaking community or neighborhood in a U.S. city.
‘It stripped the rage and left him with a cozy feeling of omnipotence.‘
OMNIPOTENCE … 1. Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful … 2. One having unlimited power or authority.
All definitions are taken from ‘The Free Dictionary’ … https://www.thefreedictionary.com
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