Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermudaonion's Weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun! (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)

From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:

1. PANEGYRIC (pan-i-jir-ik): p.365 "This naturally introduced a panegyric from Jane on his diffidence, and the little value he put on his own good qualities."

A lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.
ORIGIN: 1590–1600; From Latin panēgyricus of, belonging to a public assembly, from Greek panēgyrikós.

dil-uh-tawr-ee): p. 269 "His letter was soon dispatched; for though dilatory in undertaking business, he was quick in its execution."

Tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy.
ORIGIN: 1250–1300; Middle English derived from Latin dīlātōrius, to postpone.

From These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

1. PASSEL (pas-uhl): p. 348 "Ernest, I said, we have a passel of company."

A group or lot of indeterminate number.
ORIGIN: 1825–35; dialectal variant of parcel.