Wednesday, May 11, 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 entry appear in The Improper Governess by Carola Dunn, a bit of light reading in my spare time. Definitions are from dictionary.reference.com.

1. & 2. minatory and cicisbeo - "'Oh yes, that will do very well. I shall not keep you long, I am sure,' she added, giving her cicisbeo her hand and her brother a minatory look."

Cicisbeo refers to the escort or lover of a married woman, esp in 18th-century Italy.  Minatory means menacing or threatening.
 
Cicisbeo doesn't truly fit the context of the prose considering the lady is widowed, therefore no longer married. The second word, minatory, portrays beautifully the woman's intent.
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3. mendaciously - "'I brought Miss Findlay away before her breakfast,' Lord Ashe condescended to explain, mendaciously, 'and mine was much interrupted, you may recall.'"

Mendaciously is a fancy adverb to indicate his lying. Tsk, tsk.
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4. elucidate - "Before he could elucidate, the second footman came in with a tea-tray. "


To elucidate is to make something clear or explain.


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

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I think I may have heard cicisbeo pronounced, but had no idea it was spelled that way. Thanks for participating!