Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion. This is where we share new to us words that we have come across during our week of reading. My words this week are all taken from Worshipful Lucia by E. F. Benson. PBS ran a series taken from these books called Mapp & Lucia with Geraldine McEwan as Lucia. If you would like some more info about E.F. Benson and the books, Wikipedia has some delightful info here.
  1. tesselated: checkered , in a pattern like mosaic
  2. mephitic:
    offensive to the smell.
    noxious; pestilential; poisonous.
  3. hypocausts: an ancient Roman central heating system with underground furnace and tile flues to distribute the heat

Unfortunately I did not write down the page these words were on so I can't use it in the original sentence. The brief scenario is that Lucia was having some work done in her garden and found pottery shards that convinced her she was living on top of a Roman acquaduct. Hilarity ensues as she alerts the media but it turns out to be just some old pottery from around the 1850's.


  1. We encountered a few mephitic places when we were in New York recently. I sure hope I used that correctly. Thanks for participating.

  2. I saw examples of hypocausts while in Israel visiting roman ruins.

  3. These are wondeful words. Glad I learnt something new!

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  4. Great words! I wasn't familiar with any of them!

    I had a feeling that mephitic might be related to the name of a god/demon (Mephistopheles?); according to Wikipedia, Mephitis was the Roman goddess of noxious vapours!

  5. The only one I've heard before is tesselated; I wish I could remember the context in which it was used!

    If I come across any of these 3 in my reading I'll think of your Wondrous Words.


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