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Wondrous Word #180

Happy Halloween to everyone! It’s also Wednesday and time to check on the new words I’ve discovered in my reading. One of my favorite reading sources is the internet. I love the whole world of information and communication that is available to me on my super electronic toys/tools. The internet is also a great source of new words, as I’ve mentioned here before. Here are two new words I found out there:

1.  feckless: “All I can say is: Gen. Powell, you disappoint us,” McCain said Thursday on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends.” “And you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly been the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime.”

(From an article on Politico on October 25th quoting John McCain.)

A feckless person is one who is lacking in efficiency or vitality. Also an unthinking and irresponsible person.

2.  episcope: The vicious heckling she had endured for the past hour in the darkened room would have broken the strongest of men, yet there she stood at the podium casting a shadow on the startling image projected by the whirring episcope on the screen behind her, back straight as a rod, head high, trying to bring order back into the hall.

(I found this word yesterday while reading the first paragraph of Jane by Robin Maxwell on Nise’s blog Under the Boardwalk.)

Episcope is an optical projector that gives images of opaque objects.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a meme created and sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to visit her for more new words.

6 comments to Wondrous Word #180

  • Hi Margot,

    It seems ages since I last stopped by for a chat, but time just flies by so quickly.

    I hope that you are keeping well and that you have not been subjected to any of the vagaries of the weather.

    Feckless is a common word here in the UK, however I didn’t know about an episcope, so thanks for sharing that piece of useful information.

    Yvonne

  • Feckless is such a fun word to say and it’s one I think I can use! Even after reading the definition of episcope, I’m not 100% sure I understand it.

  • I’ve never heard of an episcope. I hope you had a happy halloween. ours was very chaotic and fun. ~kaye

  • Feckless…love that word!!!

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    Feckless is such a fun word to say and it’s one i guess I can use! Even after reading the definition of episcope, I’m not 100% sure I comprehend it.

  • Two interesting words Margot. I’m not sure that I understand what an episcope is either, I googled it a bit thinking that it would be what we call an overhead projector, but the pictures of them don’t look like that. Feckless is a great word, I should use it more.

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