Wondrous Words Wednesday

It’s Wednesday and I have a couple of new words!

This week, I am finishing up Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader. I reviewed his earlier book, First Daughter, and loved it, and this is another great political thriller. Not too many unfamiliar words, but there are a couple:

1. Sulitsa – Medieval Russian armour

“The sulitsa is one of what’s known collectively as splitting weapons, because — see here, how the point is diamond-shaped, beautifully functional — they were forged to pierce armour.”

You can see one here.

2.  Asperity – harshness of tone, temper or manner

“We have high regard for you,” the thin man said with some asperity.

What new words did you learn this week?

  5 comments for “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. April 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I like asperity although I don’t see it often. It sounds nicer than what it means – kind of an elegant way of saying it.

  2. April 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Sulitsa is interesting, but I’m not sure I could ever work it into a conversation. 😉 If you get a chance, my Words are here: http://readhanded.blogspot.com/2011/04/wondrous-words-wednesday_20.html

  3. April 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    great words , thanks! for sharing.

  4. April 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I feel like I should have known asperity but I couldn’t define it. They’re both great words!

  5. Lisa
    April 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I felt the same way about asperity, like it was familiar somehow.

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