1. balneology: the science of the therapeutic use of baths
At the end of the season, the girls' cross-country team took a field trip to the spa that uses balneology to treat sore and injured muscles.
|Gellért pool, courtesy of Wikipedia|
2. mahatma: a person revered for high-mindedness, wisdom, and selflessness; a person of great prestige in a field or profession
The gentle teacher was seen as a mahatma, who inspired students to strive for excellence and to love learning.
|Gandhi, courtesy of Wikipedia|
3. sub rosa: in confidence; secretly
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, the girls often met sub rosa because they were not supposed to read and discuss books.
Sub rosa simply means "under the rose" in New Latin. Since ancient times, the rose has been associated with secrecy and confidentiality. In Greek mythology, Cupid gave a rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to keep him from speaking about Venus' indiscretions. Another example of this association is that roses have often been placed over confessionals, intended as symbols that indicate confidentiality. However, should you receive a bouquet of roses from a romantic partner, do not assume that the roses mean that your relationship is to be kept secret; more likely, your sweetie doesn't know about the connection between roses and secrets. ;)
Hosted by Kathy from BermudaOnion's Weblog, Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme that caters to those who enjoy discovering words. What new words have you encountered recently?