Wondrous Words Wednesday

Happy Wednesday — it’s time for some new words! You know how this works – share a few words from your current book that you had to look up, then head over to Bermuda Onion’s Weblog to learn some new ones.

This week, I’ve got more words from The Meaning of Night: A Confession, by Michael Cox. There were so many new words in the book, it required multiple weeks!

1. Encomia – a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly

“And I am naturally sensible of the encomia he has seen fit to bestow on me.”

2. Sciagraphs – an old term for photographic negatives

“..where I was inducted into the art of producing photogenic drawings of the kind I had seen in New College, and into all the mysteries of sciagraphs, developers, and exposure;”

 

  2 comments for “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. July 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Both of those words are new to me. Sciagraphs is really dated these days – I bet a lot of young people don’t even know what negatives are.

  2. July 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Two interesting, novel words for me too.

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