Wednesday 19 September 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday 19/9/12

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 son recently did practice for the NSW Premiers Spelling Challenge. I didn't know some of the words! How embarrassment. 

1. Dunnart (Noun)

Furry, narrow-footed marsupials the size of a mouse. Wikipaedia

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2. Skillion (Noun)

A sloping roof surface, often not attached to another roof surface. Wikipaedia

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3. Ducat (Noun)

A gold coin that was used as a trade coin throughout Europe before World War I. Wikipaedia. 
Not the i left off a motorcycle then as I first suspected. 

4. Minim (Noun)

i) A half note
ii) An insignificantly small portion or thing
iii) A downward vertical stroke in handwriting
iv) A unit of fluid measure, US 1/60 of a dram (0.0616 ml), UK 1/20 of a scruple (0.0592 ml)

Who knew a scruple was a fluid measure?

5. Wushu

The Chinese martial arts. The free dictionary. 

6. Ocarina

An ancient flute-like wind instrument. Wiki

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bermudaonion said...

I knew ducat and ocarina but the rest are new to me. I'm sad to say that I knew ocarina from a video game my son used to play. The dunnart in that photo is so cute!

Anonymous said...

The dunnart is a cutie with those big eyes, didn't know too many of the other ones.

Sim Carter said...

I want a dunnart. Too cute. I knew wushu, that's it.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Louise,

well! Your son wouldn't have scored too highly in his test, if we had been standing in for him, would he!! How embarrassing is that?

I too, only know two of your words ... Ducat and Minim ... the rest are new to me and you can keep your little furry friends all to yourself, I would be standing on a table somewhere if I saw one!!

Oh! One of my words is different to anyone else's so far, so perhaps if he took us all into the test with him, then he might make it.

Great post and story,


Louise said...

Yvonne, I'm with the others who think the dunnart is very cute. Not that I'd want one to suddenly run across the kitchen floor!

He did fabulously well in his competition actually. He came second behind a controversial winner, I'm very proud of him. He didn't have any of these words come up though.

Anonymous said...

Love your picture of the dunnart, and love the idea that there is a word to describe a sloping roof surface. (I've always had a thing for houses with several skillions not attached to each other!)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

The dunnart is adorable but not scampering across my floor. I remember having an ocarina when I was a child. I did not know wushu - very interesting.