Wondrous Words #189
I was reading an article on the NPR website, written by the celebrated librarian Nancy Pearl.
omnivorous: “Because I am an omnivorous reader, at first glance my choices always seem to me to be completely higgledy-piggledy, with no book bearing any similarity to any other.”
I thought I knew what omnivorous meant, but it didn’t fit in this sentence. So, I looked it up. Omnivorous is an adjective referring to an animal or a person feeding on food of both plant and animal origin. That did not seem right. Then I saw this in my dictionary: “taking in or using whatever is available : an omnivorous reader. Ahh ~, makes sense now.
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On Monday in my daily devotional I found this word:
tectonic: “The tectonic force that shaped the Cascades also tightly folded the layers of 55 million-year-old sandstone, shale, and coal to create the Chuckanut Mountains.
Tectonic refers to the structure of the earth’s crust and the large-scale processes that take place within it.
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