Wondrous Words. Words New To Me #1
I am starting a new series, Wondrous Words. Words New To Me #1. I always enjoyed reading the new words Yvonne shares in her posts, like this last one. Also, if you fancy to see more, the linky is hosted on Mareli’s blog over at elzareads.
This is a Wednesday series, but as I don’t think I will write this kind of posts regularly, mainly due to lack of time, I think I can post it on a Tuesday. I will keep writing down new words and make new posts when I have the time. I want to collect at least 4-5 words, if not more.
If I know where I read/heard the word I will mention that too. This time I know about all four words.
museumize (also museumise) means to preserve or display in a museum; to impart the character of a museum or museum exhibit to. It is an word from Historical Controversies and Historians by William Lamont, review for the book here.
amanuensis is a person employed to write or type what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another, and also refers to a person who signs a document on behalf of another under the latter’s authority. I heard this word in a movie and I loved it. Why use the word secretary when amanuensis is such a posh alternative?
sagacious having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and far-sightedness. A synonym is shrewd. I read this word and the next one in Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, I will write the review for the book in the next couple of weeks.
prevarication means lying or being vague about the truth.
I could easily understand the meaning of museumize of course, but I had no idea that this is a word. Amanuensis was explained in the movie, which was helpful, because it is not clear what it means. The meaning of last two words, sagacious and prevarication was understandable in the context. It might be that these two words are not as used now as they were a few decades ago and as English is not my first language, these are new to me.
I would love to know what you think about these four words, so do leave a comment with your remarks.