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Wondrous Words Wednesday … July 13th 2011




The words that are new to me this week, are taken from my ARC copy of a great book, which is not due for release until 27th August 2011 and is an author request for review.

The book has no pre-release details on Amazon as yet, so you can click here to peruse a full synopsis, as supplied by the author.

‘The Egyptian’ by Layton Green


Senescence: “Are you knowledgeable about senescence at the cellular level?”


or biological aging is the change in the biology of an organism as it ages after its maturity. Such changes range from those affecting its cells and their function to that of the whole organism. There are a number of theories as to why senescence occurs, including ones that claim it is programmed by gene expression changes and that it is the accumulative damage of biological processes.

The word senescence is derived from the Latin word senex, meaning old man, old age, or advanced in age.

I really don’t like the sound of this word, as it is too close to senile, or senility, for comfort!!

Golem: “The golem grew too powerful, and the rabbi deactivated the golem by erasing the first letter of the name of God.


In Jewish tradition, the golem is most widely known as an artificial creature created by magic, often to serve its creator. The word “golem” appears only once in the Bible (Psalms139:16). In Hebrew, “golem” stands for “shapeless mass.” The Talmud uses the word as “unformed” or “imperfect” and according to Talmudic legend, Adam is called “golem,” meaning “body without a soul” (Sanhedrin 38b) for the first 12 hours of his existence. The golem appears in other places in the Talmud as well. One legend says the prophet Jeremiah made a golem However, some mystics believe the creation of a golem has symbolic meaning only, like a spiritual experience following a religious rite.

I love the sound of this word, although it isn’t the ‘prettiest’ word in the world!

Syncretism: “The first alchemist reputed to have achieved eternal life. A figure of legend that eventually evolved into a syncretism of Thoth and Hermes.”

Syncretism –noun
1.The attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion.
2. Grammar . the merging, as by historical change in a language, of two or more categories in a specified environment into one, as, in nonstandard English, the use of was  with both singular and plural subjects, while in standard English was  is used with singular subjects (except for you  in the second person singular) and were  with plural subjects.
I suppose that this word was a little more obvious and I should have been able to work it out, if I had thought about ‘synchronization’, although this didn’t seem to fit into the religious context where syncretism was being used.

Megalopolis: “On the other hand, Grey knew from experience that even a megalopolis such as this was deceiving:”
1. A very large city.
2. A region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas in sufficient proximity to be considered a single urban complex.
I guess I should have been able to work this meaning out as well, but I really didn’t think that it existed as a word, it sounds like something you would find used in a ‘Superman’ film!!!

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, there is always a great selection. Just don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well!!
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