Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Check out BermudaOnion’s Weblog for more new words and add yours to the list.

This week, I’ve got one word from The Mirage: A Novel  by Matt Ruff. There were plenty of Arabic terms I wasn’t very familiar with, but many of them were defined in the text for you — always helpful, when it can be done gracefully.

1. Ecumenist – a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)

“But as one would expect from the leader of the Arab Unity Party, the president is a true ecumenist.”

What new words did you learn this week?


  8 comments for “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. February 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

    This is one I knew, it’s used a lot in Italian too, and especially ever since Pope John Paul II started his regular meetings with representatives from other beliefs.

  2. Lisa
    February 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

    You know, when I read the definition it occurred to me that I should have known it. I’m familiar with ecumenical, but I had never heard it used quite this way and there wasn’t a lot of context to trigger me.

  3. February 15, 2012 at 10:57 am
  4. February 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I can’t say I’ve come across ecumenist before although ecumenical is familiar to me. Ecumenist is nice to know.

  5. February 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    We use it in French too but we write it oecuménisme with the o and the e sticked (I don’t know how to do it…)

  6. February 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I knew that had something to do with churches or religion, but I couldn’t define it.

  7. February 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Funny, I should know that word, but it doesn’t sound familiar. That’s why I love this meme!

    http://ratb2.blogspot.com/2012/02/wondrous-words.html

  8. February 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I knew ecumenical too, but haven’t heard ecumenist before either.

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