Every 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.