Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wonderous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy of Bermudaonion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and add your link to Mr. Linky on Kathy's blog!

My words for this week are from Jaimey Grant's novel Redemption.

1. perforce - "Dare, perforce, sat on the bed, swinging his feet up and crossing his ankles."



I had encountered this word before and thought I had a pretty good idea of the meaning, but I wanted to look it up just to be sure. According to dictionay.com, perforce is an adverb meaning "of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance."
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2. farce and roiling - "He knew that Adam would never hurt Bri but with all the tension over all the stupid actions being committed left and right in this farce, Dare wasn't sure Adam had a very good hold on his roiling displeasure."

I first encountered farce in the song "Send in the Clowns." From that context I thought I have a pretty good grasp of the meaning. In this case I was correct. A farce is a a ludicrous situation or action, which fits this context exactly.

Roiling has such a great sound. I had to look it up to find out what it meant. The two definitions on dictionary.com fit beautifully (1. to render (water, wine, etc.) turbid by stirring up sediment. 2. to disturb or disquiet; irritate). I particularly like the imagery of the first definition in setting of the quote. :)

So, what new words have you encountered in your reading?

4 comments:

Julie @ Read Handed said...

Good words. I also run into words that I'm pretty sure I know the meaning of, but wouldn't be able to officially define. If you get a chance, my words are here: http://readhanded.blogspot.com/2011/04/wondrous-words-wednesday_20.html

Laura Fabiani said...

Hi Rachel,
I came across your blog through Bermudaonion! It's good to meet up with you again.

I'm familiar with farce and roiling but not perforce. I'm now also following your blog. :-)

Rachel Rossano said...

Julie - It is nice to know I am not the only one who does that. :) I will definitely stop by to check out your words too.

Linda - How ironic! I found Bermudaonion because I saw your word post on your blog today and I couldn't resist joining the fun. Thanks for following. :)

bermudaonion said...

I've heard perforce before but I think I'd feel rather silly using it. Thanks so much for participating!!