Wondrous Words #219
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fun meme created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. I love to play each week. It keeps me looking for new words wherever I’m reading.
This week’s words came from a book review about Wild by Cheryl Strayed. (Click the title for my review.) I don’t know if you do this or not, but I like to see what the NY Tines thinks about books I just finished reading.
I don’t always agree with The Times, so I don’t usually use them for book recommendations. I prefer fellow book bloggers. But, The Times’ book reviewers almost always have great vocabularies. In this case, book reviewer Dwight Garner had a couple of new words for me as he talked about his experience reading Wild.
1. cretinism: “I was reduced, during her book’s final third, to puddle-eyed cretinism.”
I think of a cretin as being something super-creepy. That didn’t seem to fit the context, so I looked it up. A cretin is actually a stupid person. In this sentence he means ‘crying stupidity.’
2. talismanic: “Bottles of cold Snapple lemonade become talismanic in their import.”
I should have known or guessed this one. A talisman is an object thought to be of magical powers. In this sentence talismanic is an adjective referring to the lemonade as something magical.
The book review, The Tracks of an Author’s, and Reader’s Tears, was actually quite good. Hit the title if you’d like to read it.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion.