Monday, November 3, 2008

Recent New Words

Any words that I've read and don't know, I've started to look up. Here are the ones from the last couple days.

hosanna |hōˈzanə; -ˈzä-| (also hosannah)
(esp. in biblical, Judaic, and Christian use) used to express adoration, praise, or joy.

palimpsest |ˈpalimpˌsest|
a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
• figurative something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form : Sutton Place is a palimpsest of the taste of successive owners.

quotidian |kwōˈtidēən|
adjective [ attrib. ]
of or occurring every day; daily : the car sped noisily off through the quotidian traffic.
• ordinary or everyday, esp. when mundane :

bulwark |ˈboŏlˌwərk|
a defensive wall.
• figurative a person, institution, or principle that acts as a defense : the security forces are a bulwark against the breakdown of society.

semiotics |ˌsēmēˈätiks; ˌsemē-; ˌsemˌī-|
plural noun [treated as sing. ]
the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.
semiotic |ˈˈsɛmiˈɑdɪk| |ˈˈsimiˈɑdɪk| adjective

polychrome |ˈpäliˌkrōm|
painted, printed, or decorated in several colors.
varied coloring.

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