Wondrous Words Wednesday …
Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading, or elsewhere
1. My first word this time, I discovered in the book I am currently reading for a Blog Tour spot in March
“Does that sound like the work of a staggering drunk teenager? And then we found out that the prosecutor had withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense…”
EXCULPATORY – Adjective form of exculpate, to show or declare that (someone) is not guilty of wrongdoing.
2. My second word this time, is also from a book I am due to review in March
“Either side of the enormous stage’s ornate proscenium arch, a gold curtained entrance harked back to the theatre’s origins as the world’s most lavish permanent circus”
The part of a theatre stage in front of the curtain, usually between the curtain and the orchestra.
In the ancient Greek theatre, the proscenium (Greek: proskēnion) originally referred to a row of colonnades, supporting a raised acting platform (logeion), and afterward to the entire acting area. A proscenium in the modern sense was first installed in a permanent theatre in 1618-19 at the Farnese Theatre built in Parma, Italy.
3. Finally this time, I came across this word whilst blog hopping across at the site of Laurel-Rain Snow and whilst many of my US visitors might have come across this term before, it is definitely a new one on me! This was used in the book’s premise.
“Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.”
TCHOTCHKES – (The first definition applies in this instance)
North American – a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket.
US – a pretty girl or woman.
4. Here in the UK, the equivalent word would usually be
KNICK-KNACK or NICK-NACK – Small worthless objects, especially household ornaments….. (which of course is not new to me)
That’s three/four new to me words this time
How many of them do you recognise?
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 Mareli, over at ‘Elza Reads‘
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 Mareli and the rest of us, all love to read your comments as well, so that we can visit and share your own words of the week, or simply say Hi!