Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fabulous weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our weekly reading.
I often come up against new words whilst reading the newspaper. This first one is from a SMH review of Dave Egger's latest A Hologram for the King.
1. Ludic (Adjective)
The struggle pays off in A Hologram for the King, which rejects the ludic ostentation of Heartbreaking Work and embraces the elegant restraint and limpid observation of Zeitoun to create a novel- part elegy, part black farce-written for a United States that's beginning to realise it on the wrong side of history.
Of or relating to playfulness. From French ludique and Latin ludus. The Free Dictionary.
The rest of this weeks words come from Sonya Hartnett's Life in Ten Houses.
2. Clowder (Noun)
The cats befriend a clowder of ferals, and the novel featured six major feline characters, most of them modelled on real-life cats I'd owned in the past.
A group of cats. Also cludder, clutter, kendle, kindle. The Free Dictionary.
3. Fag end (Noun)
The northern end of Burke Road, however, was and remains Kew's fag end, its hangnail.
An end of poorer quality, or in a spoiled condition, as the coarser end of a web of cloth, the untwisted end of a rope, etc. The Free Dictionary.
4. Mingy (Adjective)
After Clifton Hill's hard surfaces and mingy spaces, the wilderness of the train line and the messy sprawl of the property's garden seemed exactly what I needed.
i) Small in quantity; meager.
ii) Mean and stingy. The Free Dictionary.