Wondrous Words ~ 2.18.09

wondrous-wordsKathy over at Bermudaonion is the host of Wondrous Words, a fun and educational new meme where we list  all the words that had us stumped over the last week of reading.

I had several pages floating around out there, but of course today the only one I can find is the one from taking notes on Michelle Richmond’s wonderful novel, The Year of Fog.

The words that I found were all what I think of as context words.  I know them and understand what they mean within the context of a sentence, but if you ask me to define the word out of the blue, I would probably struggle to explain it’s definition.  Well, struggle no more.

“You get these badass saltwater crocodiles that come out into the estuary to feed on carcasses.”   ewww
In hydrologic terms, the thin zone along a coastline where freshwater
systems and rivers meet and mix with a salty ocean (such as a bay,
mouth of a river, salt marsh, lagoon)
so yeah, would not have known that one, my bad.  I did figure that it was a body of water though, so partial points?

“In Tortuguero, I rise early with the rooster.  They’re ubiquitous in this country, a nationwide alarm clock.”
Omnipresence is the ability to be present in every place at any, and/or
every, time; unbounded or universal presence. It is related to the
concept of ubiquity, the ability to be everywhere at a certain point in
Refers to species that are widely distributed and generally common or abundant in a given area
… I really did know this one, no surprises here.

“My brain is crowded now with surfing’s strange terminology, I wonder what I’ve forgotten to make way for this new esoterica.”
Secrets known only to an initiated minority; Esoterica is an over-the-counter topical ointment applied to the skin
for the purpose of lightening freckles, age spots, chloasma, melasma,
and other skin discolorations due to a benign localized increase in the
production of melanin; Things that are esoteric; things that are impractical or specialised
…don’t you just love definitions that are explained using the word? Never would have guessed the second definition.

Sigh.  I feel smarter.  Thanks Kathy!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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  1. I like the way you did your words – with a sense of humor. Learning can be fun, right? I agree with you that this new meme of Kathy’s is good. I feel smarter too.