Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Every Wednesday BermudaOnion hosts Wondrous Words Wednesday, and asks everyone to share "new to you" words you've found in the course of your weekly reading adventures. To take a look at more wondrous words, or to contribute some yourself, please visit Bermudaonion's Weblog.

Didn't find any new words in my reading this week, so these are a couple from one of the books I read earlier this year, Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner. I always find wondrous words in all her books.

exeat – 1) A license for absence from a college or a religious house; 2) A permission which a bishop grants to a priest to go out of his diocese.
From the book: "The tall thin beauty with the dog was never visible in the daytime and it was impossible to imagine her doing anything except eating ice cream and smoking, like a child on an exeat from school." [p. 66]
crepitate - To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.
From the book: "Edith felt the hairs on the back of her neck begin to crepitate." [p. 100]
Hmmmm. These days, my joints seem to be doing quite a bit of crepitating.


  1. I don't think I've ever seen either one of those words. I love crepitate! Thanks for playing along.

  2. Great words! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. "crepitate?" Where in the world did she come up with that word? I love it!

  4. I'm so behind on my reading schedule, that I couldn't participate for the past two weeks.


Welcome and thanks for leaving me a comment. I love to hear from visitors.

Also, please note that while I appreciate the thought, I don't play the blog awards game. I think you all deserve awards! But you might think about becoming a follower of my blog -- that would really be the best award.