Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday: Daily Words

Welcome to another edition of Wondrous Words Wednesday, an addictive, weekly meme for bonafide (I love that word) logophiles, hosted by Kathy from BermudaOnion's Weblog.  Although I have been reading books, the first two words here are from my 365 New Words-a-Year calendar, and the third is from Dictionary.com's Word of the Day archive.


1. frowsy: musty or stale; having a slovenly or uncared-for appearance

Feeling more than a tad frowsy in her worn slippers and sweat pants,  Felicita took a quick shower and got dressed up in her finery.

A synonym for frowsy is frumpy, which is more commonly used.


2. stentorian: extremely loud

The lead actor's stentorian delivery was greatly appreciated because the microphones were not working at all the night of the play.

This word stems from the epic poem, the Iliad, in which Homer describes Stentor as a man whose voice is as loud and powerful as that of fifty men together.




3. morceau:  piece, morsel; an excerpt or passage of poetry or music (morceau de musique)

Please do not have more than a morceau or two before dinner--I don't want you to spoil your appetite for tonight's feast.

Morceau is a French word that sounds like and means the same thing as the word "morsel".  I think I'll start using it instead of the word "morsel", and see what kind of reactions, if any, I get.
 


What new words have you discovered recently?

15 comments:

  1. I feel very frowsy some days! I could tell morceau is French but had no idea what it means.

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  2. I like all of these words Suko. I do feel frowsy especially on the weekends when I'm sleeping in. I work with a stentorian speaker who annoys the heck out of me :P lol

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  3. Hi Suko,

    Some great words this week and I am pleased to be able to say that I know them all!

    Here in the UK we do tend to use frumpy, rather than frowsy, which is just about how I feel right now, as I have a mouth infection and my darling hubbie has just informed me that he has lost his 'smartphone' complete with loads of personal info.! Not a good end to the evening.

    I guess hubbie now thinks of me as quite stentorian, now I have finished shouting at him for being so stupid and with my poorly mouth I could eat no more than a morceau of my dinner.

    I am off to lie down in a darkened room somewhere.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    Yvonne

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    1. Well done, Yvonne! Your humorous comment is great.

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  4. I love using the word frumpy, maybe I should just change over to frowsy. LOL Thanks for a great word list!!

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  5. Fun words! I am frequently pretty frowsy in the morning myself.

    My words are here.

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  6. I knew stentorian but not the story behind it -- and the root seems very important in this case. Frowsy is a fun word, but I'll probably stick to frumpy since I don't think any one around here would know the other word.

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  7. Frowsy was the only word I knew. Great words. Stentorian I would not have guessed it right thats for sure.

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  8. Yet more wonderful words. I've heard of frumpy but never frowsy.

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  9. Fabulous words all 3. I'd heard of them all, but had forgotten frowsy, I'm going to attempt to use it this week (hopefully not referring to myself)

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  10. I only knew two of these. I really like the word frowsy. It sounds so upper-crust!

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    1. Zibilee, I imagine it spoken with an English accent.

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  11. I did it! I did it. Commented on a fashion blog post! Not that I'm a great reader of fashion blogs (I read one), but I used frowsy. I'm well chuffed.

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  12. I like a lot stensorian and the explanations you gave about it. I try not to be frowsy too !

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