My words this week are from Little Bee by Chris Cleave. The book was terrific – run out and put this on your TBR shelf, your wish list, what have you. Look for my review here later this week or next Tuesday in my column at When Falls the Coliseum.
1. Salient: A panhandle, an informal geographic term for an elongated tail-like protrusion
I love familiar words with new meanings! I have never heard salient used this way before:
“I sat very quietly while she told me how she holed up in a salient of jungle that grew right down to the sand.”
2. Memento mori: a reminder (as a death’s head) of your mortality
“Thirty-one pages of celebrity goings-on about town and one page of news from the world which existed beyond London’s orbital motorway — the paper ofered it up as a sort of memento mori.”
That’s it for this week. What new words have YOU learned?