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.

Wondrous Words

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.

6 thoughts on “Wondrous Words. Words New To Me #1”

  • The last two words are quite familiar to me. I’ve never heard museumize, but it makes perfect sense! Amanuensis is one I’ve heard before, but couldn’t have put a definition to.

    Glad to see you participating in the meme!
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  • I’d love to be an amanuensis – maybe to Dickens! – but I’d settle for being sagacious instead. Of course, I’d never practice prevarication… πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‰

  • Hello There! It is great to have you on board with this lovely meme and as Mareli only has plans to run this every fortnight, then perhaps you will have more scope to drop by with your words. I think the ‘linky’ is there all the time, so you can drop by and add a link to your post whenever you get the chance! I have a post ready to go for tomorrow, but that cleans me out of new words for a while, so I need to read books or watch programmes which are likely to offer up some new gems! I knew the last two of your words and still use ‘prevaricate’ all the time, and I could probably have guessed the first one, even though it does sound like a ‘made-up’ word. ‘Amanuensis’ is the most interesting of your words and I would have had no idea what it meant. It sounds like the first two words could almost have come from the same place, as you would need a manuscript or document copier in a museum, wouldn’t you?. Four really good words to get you started and thanks for sharing and for the lovely mention, that was really kind of you! πŸ™‚

    • I am looking forward to see the new words you are going to share tomorrow. Amanuensis sounds really nice, isn’t it? I’m going to use it. πŸ™‚

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