Kathy over at Bermudaonion is the host of Wondrous Words, a fun and educational weekly meme where we list all the words that had us stumped over the last week of reading.
This week my words came from The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, by Jennifer Worth.
- ordure– fecal matter: solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels fecal matter: solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
- creosote– a colorless or yellowish oily liquid obtained by distillation of wood tar; used as an antiseptic/ Chimney and stove pipe deposits originating as condensed wood smoke (including vapors, tar and soot). Creosote is often initially liquid, but may dry to pryrolze to a flaky or solid form.
- fundus– (anatomy) the base of a hollow organ or that part of the organ farthest from its opening; “the uterine fundus”; “the fundus of the stomach”
I also read an interesting article in the Times Online UK about words over the history of time including which words have changed the most and the least. You can read the article here. Apparently the words which have changed the least over the years are- I, Who, We, Thou, Two, Three and Five
Sigh. I feel smarter already. Thanks Kathy!
Happy Wednesday everyone! What new words have you learned this week?