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Day 268: Wonderous Word Woden

Yay, new words! Wouldn't the world be an amazing place if every week you could learn new words and new punctuation? Too nerdy? Wonderous Word Wednesday this week (I'm a tad late) is based on the three god-y books I am reading at the moment: American Gods, The Book Against God and The God Delusion. It's just a co-incidence that they are all on the same subject this week and I was surprised that most of the words are actually from the fiction rather than what I thought would be the more difficult-to-read non-fiction. Turns out Richard Dawkins is talking down to me in a perfectly comprehensible manner so far. And—spooky—the main character in American Gods is named Wednesday (= Woden = Odin). Synchronicity.

List_Addict               Irene

  • Lugubrious: Looking or sounding sad or dismal (this is my constant work state at the moment, although I think sad is too mild and dismal much more apt)

    'Hegley had a huge head, was middle-aged, sickly lugubrious, pale. He was dressed in a double-breasted suit as thick as a straightjacket, and a rich silk tie plaited in a fat junction.' (The Book Against God)

  • Susurrus: Whispering, murmuring or rustling. It sounds like it should mean that; almost onomatopoeic for tree leaves in breezes.

    'There was a whispering noise that began then to run through the hall, a low susurrus that caused Shadow, in his dream, to experience a chilling and inexplicable fear.' (American Gods)

  • Mellifluous: Sweet or musical, of words or voices; pleasant to hear. Always seems to me like it will be a dark word—it's the 'mel', which sounds like 'mal' I guess.

    'She told them, in her mellifluous Cornish drawl, which trees they should be wary of ...' (American Gods)

  • Polemic: A contoversial argument (or the person who argues it)—especially one refuting a specific opinion or doctine. I look this up often, and then as quickly forget again. This word won't stay in my mind.

    'It is not for me to say whether I succeeded, but my intention was closer to robust but humorous broadside than shrill polemic.' (The God Delusion)

The Outfit
Tag-in, Tag-out Project in play, with one item each day carried to the next
Skirt, as dress (Tag-out): Op-shopped
Cardigan (Tag-in): Op-shopped
Necklace and Ring: Lovisa
Shoes: Irregular Choice 'Burlesque Beauty'

Photographer de Jour: V——

Who wore it better?

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  1. If mellifluous could be used to describe an outfit, that would apply here. I love your words. I must avoid lugubriosity today (okay, not a word but I like it). I loved Spy Girls sketch of you!

    1. I agree. I think we should all practise antilugubrious behaviour at all times. Unless lugubriosity is required, because sometimes it is! Thanks so much. Spy Girl makes me look hot!!

  2. Susurrus - now there's a word I haven't heard before.

  3. ***Perspicacious*** List Addict has these qualities.

  4. Love the skirt as dress! Looks great with the pop of blue.

    1. Thanks so much. It is such an odd skirt, I thought it worked quite well like this. Thanks for visiting!!


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