Hi! I seem to have been on a roll for discovering new to me words in all kinds of unexpected places!
Great for joining in this great meme, but not quite so good for my morale, as I really feel that I should have known some of them!
OK! So first up, here are a couple of words I discovered on Amazon, included by fellow readers and bloggers in their reviews of a book I was researching. The first word I have come across before, but I couldn’t have defined it if you had nailed my hands to the wall! 🙂
VERISIMILITUDE – (or truthlikeness) is the philosophical notion that some propositions are more true or less true than other propositions. The problem of verisimilitude is the problem of articulating what it takes for one false theory to be closer to the truth than another false theory. Most fiction writers and film makers aim at some kind of verisimilitude to give their stories an air of reality.
RATIOCINATION – Form judgements by a process of logical reasoning. It might involve determining probabilities, syllogisms (see note below), even mathematical formulas, or simply following all the steps in a process that you believe will lead you to the correct or best answer. Ratiocination is the opposite of taking a wild guess or just “going with your gut.”
On Twitter, I am a follower of a great little site called Booktasters and here are a couple of words they recently included in their tweets…Bookish, of course!
BOUSTROPHEDON – An ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right. Boustrophedon is a type of bi-directional text, mostly seen in ancient manuscripts and other inscriptions. Alternate lines of writing are flipped, or reversed, with reversed letters. Rather than going left-to-right as in modern European languages, or right-to-left as in Arabic and Hebrew, alternate lines in boustrophedon must be read in opposite directions. Also, the individual characters are reversed, or mirrored. It was a common way of writing in stone in Ancient Greece.
BIBLIOKLEPT – A person who steals books.
I just went back to read over what I had written and guess what? I don’t even have to leave the page before spotting another word I haven’t come across before!
SYLLOGISMS –An instance of a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two given or assumed propositions (premises); a common or middle term is present in the two premises but not in the conclusion, which may be invalid (e.g. all dogs are animals; all animals have four legs; therefore all dogs have four legs).
And on that happy note – I’ll sign off until next time 🙂
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.
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