Wondrous Words #397

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.

Last week I listened to the audiobook vesion of All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. I heard a new word and decided to look it up. It’s not that easy when you just hear the word. Here’s what I heard:

The man was suffering from hypothermia and numonitis.

It took some doing, but I finally figured out the numonitis is actually pneumonitis.

Pneumonitis or pulmonitis is an inflammation of lung tissue. Many factors can cause pneumonitis, including breathing in animal dander, aspiration (inhaling small food particles or vomit “down the wrong pipe”), and receiving radiation therapy to the chest.


That’s all for me this week. Don’t forget to visit Kathy for more Wondrous Words Wednesday.

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3 Responses to Wondrous Words #397

  1. That is very interesting, thanks for sharing.

  2. Vicki says:

    I have never heard this word.

  3. It is really hard when you hear a new word. Great detective work!

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