Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

  • Wondrous Words Wednesday, a weekly meme, is kindly hosted by Bermuda Onion. This week's words are taken from The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry.

  • biloquist: n. person with power of speaking in two distinct voices.
  • eidetic : adj. marked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images

  • oneiric : adj.of or relating to dreams ( in this book it describes oneiric detection as dream surveillance.)

  • perscrutation : n. a thorough search; a diligent and detailed inquiry

  • oubliette : n. A dungeon with a trapdoor in the ceiling as its only means of entrance or exit.

Did you find any new and intriguing words this week? Are they words you could work into an everday conversation?


  1. You got me on those words! I don't know anyone with those eidetic skills or anyone recently pushed through an oubliette! Nice choices!

  2. Oh! Great words!! (interesting word, "biloquist"...speaking in three voices, then, perhaps "triloquist"? - from the Latin, Loquitur)

    Thanks for sharin' those, and have a wonderfully 'wordy' week ahead!

  3. I like Oneiric. :) Very cool.

    Love this!

  4. I'm going to have to refer to this post when I read that book! Thanks for playing along.

  5. I'm feeling a sense of déja vu; is it possible that someone else read this book last week and mentioned both biloquist and perscrutation?

    I knew an oubliette was a dungeon, but didn't realize how specific the definition was!

    Here are my Wondrous Words for this week.

  6. You can sure tell a lot about a book by looking at these new words. Hope you are enjoying the book.

  7. Good words! I knew eidetic (eidetic memory) and I knew oubliette (ever see Silence of the Lambs? then you've seen an oubliette), but the others were new.

    My Wondrous Words are here.

  8. Wonderful words! I knew oubliette, but I didn't know any of the others. I love doing this, and learning new ones!

    Meanwhile, mine are here.


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