I have missed out on Wondrous Words the last few weeks – I hate it when Real Life disrupts my online pursuits. Luckily, I just finished with The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh, which provided a ton of new words. So, prepare to learn a little about mortuary science as well as precise definitions of some more old-fashioned English words…
1. “I was always the most defatigable of hacks.”
Easily tired or wearied; capable of being fatigued
2. “…his way was narrow but it was dignified and umbrageous and it led to limitless distances.”
Shady: filled with shade; “the shady side of the street”
3. “Normal disposal is by inhumement, entombment, inurnment or immurement…”
Inhumement: Burial, the act of placing a person or object into the ground
Inurnment: The placing of cremated remains in an urn.
Immurement: To entomb in walls. (This also has a darker definition, referring to the execution of a prisoner by walling them up in a building – think The Cask of Amontillado.)
4. “There was no catafalque.”
A decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral.
5. “They don’t sing an orison like birds.”
Prayer; reverent petition to a deity.
6. “Funerals a specialty; Panegyrics in prose or poetry.”
A formal speech or opus publicly praising someone.
I do love the specialized vocabulary you pick up with each book you read. That’s one of the reasons I love this meme – I am always finding new words and it’s a good reminder to look them up, rather than just depending on context.
What new words did YOU learn this week?