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.
My words today come from Christos Tsiolkas' controversial Australian book The Slap.
1. Solipsistic (Adjective)
Was art for the good of mankind or was art only good when it was elitist and solipsistic?
I know that I've looked this word up multiple times, for some reason it never sticks. Maybe this time.
Solipsistic, refers to solipsism
i) The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.
ii) The theory of view that the self is the only reality. The Free Dictionary.
2. Firmament (noun)
She drove in ten-hour stretches, seeing nothing but the burnt scrub and the infinite blue firmament, parking the car in isolated service stations and braving the freezing cold of that emptiness while she willed herself to sleep.
The vault or expanse of the heavens; the sky. The Free Dictionary.
|The Australian firmament
3. Bricolage (noun)
He was the only one with balls enough to denounce the hopelessly outdated postmodern bricolage of the artist's work.
i) The jumbled effect produced by the close proximity of buildings from different periods and in different architectural styles.
ii) The deliberate creation of such an effect in certain modern developments. The Free Dictionary.
|I noticed the beauty of the bricolage in Luxembourg last year- I just didn't know it had a name!
4. Catamites (noun)
Vasili Grigorovich D'Estaing, the legendary French Huguenot admiral who had defected to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, was infamous not only for being the bastard child of Ivan the Terrible, but also for his ribald behaviour: it was said that he had boasted of one hundred mistresses and a dozen or so boy catamites.
(This is from a fictional account written by a teenage boy)
A boy who has a sexual relationship with a man. A boy kept for homosexual purposes. The Free Dictionary.