Wondrous Words #237

WWWEvery week word lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

This week I’m celebrating a couple of words I discovered while reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. There are so many beautiful words and phrases in the book, it’s a  pleasure to read, even though the subject matter is rather grim. The main character is Liesl, a young girl in Germany during World War II. Books and words are Liesl’s way of coping with her horrid conditions.

Someone gave Liesl a “Duden Dictionary” and it plays a key part in the book. I want to share a few of the words both this week and next. Each word is highlighted and it’s meaning is given. It serves as a back-drop for what is happening during the chapter. Keep in mind the book takes place in Germany so you’ll see some German words here.

Zufiedenheit (zoo-fee-den-height): Zufiedenheit is Happiness: Coming from happy — enjoying pleasure and contentment. Related words: joy, gladness, feeling fortunate or prosperous.

Verzeihung (vair-zea-hoong): Verzeihung is Forgiveness: To stop feeling anger, animosity, or resentment. Related words: absolution, Acquittal, mercy.

I hope you found some words worth celebrating. Feel free to join Wondrous Words Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kathy for the details.

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3 Responses to Wondrous Words #237

  1. I adored the movie version of The Book Thief so I’m not surprised to see you’re enjoying the book. There are a lot of Germans in our area so I’ve gotten a little better with German pronunciations. I’m going to try to remember zufiedenheit long enough to use it on someone. Thanks for being such a loyal participant.

  2. I also saw the movie version recently and liked it, thanks! for the words.

  3. Brona says:

    Makes me want to reads the book again 🙂

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