Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  It is hosted by BermudaOnion from Bermudaonion’s Weblog.  

It’s my first time participating, yay!  It has always looked like such fun, so made sure to take note of interesting words during my reading this week.

My words this week come from the excellent book The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick.  It is an Arthurian book, which I have always been fascinated in, and it is SOGOODGOGETACOPYANDREADITNOW.  It also has lots of big words in it. Lovely!

Manumission is my first word.  I had a good idea of what it meant, by the sentence it was in, but as I am always curious about the etymology of a word, I had to look it up.  According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the definition is:

Main Entry: man·u·mis·sion
Pronunciation: man-y-mi-shon
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin manumission-, manumissio, from manumittere
Date: 15th century
: the act or process of manumitting; especially : formal emancipation from slavery

So basically, in the sentence this word was used it, it meant divorce, separation, etc.  What a great way to say you’re getting a divorce!!  Boy, that was an ironic sentence, huh?

Amphorae is a word I’ve seen before, but like manumission, I was curious about its exact meaning and etymology.  Also from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: am·pho·ra
Pronunciation: am(p)-fo-ra
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural am·pho·rae  -?r?, -?r? or am·pho·ras
Etymology: Latin, modification of Greek amphoreus, amphiphoreus, from amphi- + phoreus bearer, from pherein to bear — more at bear
Date: 14th century

1 : an ancient Greek jar or vase with a large oval body, narrow cylindrical neck, and two handles that rise almost to the level of the mouth; broadly : such a jar or vase used elsewhere in the ancient world
2 : a 2-handled vessel shaped like an amphora

I just love these gorgeous words for such mundane things as a jar or vase!

What about you?  Have you seen any interesting words in your reading

Also, pardon my dust, if you happen to have arrived and found my blog in a state of disrepair.  I’m having a few problems loading things and I want to see if it is my theme.  So as I get a chance to fiddle with things, you may see strange things.  I hope to get it all figured out soon!

5 thoughts on “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. Thanks Snow! I'll go check them out.

    Kathy, I thought I knew amphorae, but I was a little off. I'm so glad I looked it up! Thanks for the great meme! 🙂

  2. Living in Hawaii, I've been exposed to one of the most beautiful languages in the world. The longest word (and may be the longest in any language) is:
    humuhumunukunukuapua'a It is a local fish that has a pig like nose. Wow, huh?
    .-= kris´s last blog ..WORST BOOK YOU EVER READ? =-.

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