Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tough Words Learnt Today n Forgotten Tomorrow :)

1. ephemeral - fleeting

"There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript" (Irving R. Kaufman).

2. tampion - muzzle protector

3. ligule - strap-shaped object 
"Another distinctive feature in Selaginella is the presence of an unusual structure on the adaxial side of a leaf; this is the ligule, a peculiar tonguelike outgrowth from the leaf surface near the leaf base. "

4. feckless - ineffective

"If you think you can help out, why not donate something to the Feckless Goblin and help make it a happy little green and pointy nosed thing."

5. archimandrite = abbot
"An archimandrite (literally, "chief of a sheepfold") is a celibate priest who has been elevated to an honorific rank, one level lower than bishop. "

6. Kabuki - Japanese theater

7. forsooth -indeed

"Being formerly common as an affected garnish of polite conversation, forsoothcame to be regarded as noting a ladies' man, and was occasionally used, allusively, as a noun or a verb."

8. ruga - tissue fold

One descendant of "ruga" that you'll probably recognize is "corrugate," which initially meant "to form or shape into wrinkles or folds."

9. fleam - lancet
Lacking a decent syringe for drawing blood, I'd merely pierced the vein inside his elbow with a fleam, and drained off the welling blood into a small vial.
A Breath of Snow and Ashes

10. canvass - solicit
"The evidence had been repeatedly canvassed in American courts” Anthony Lewis).

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