Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wonderous Words Wednesday

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

Here are my words for this week:

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

1. Proletariat- term used to identify a lower social class proletarian. Originally it was identified as those people who had no wealth other than their sons. The term was initially used in a derogatory sense.

2. Paregyric- is a formal public speech, or written verse, delivered in a high praise of a person of thing, a generally highly studied and discriminating eulogy, not expected to be critical.

MiddleMarch by George Eliot

1. Plutocracy- is rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth

2. blazonry- a dazzling display

3. bursquerie- abruptness of manner

4. pilulous- like a pill; small, insignificant


bermudaonion said...

You're reading some pretty heavy books! Blazonry is a fantastic word - I'd like to remember it, so I can use it. Thanks for participating today.

Ladybug said...

The only word I've heard before is proletariat. Great words this week :)

heidenkind said...

I encountered a new-to-me word while reading this week: suppurating. As in, "His eyes were red suppurating pits."