Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Word of the day: nous

The word of the day is nous:

Greek Philosophy. mind or intellect.

Neoplatonism. the first and purest emanation of the One, regarded as the self-contemplating order of the universe. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nous)


"'You treat the light right and she won't give you any trouble,' said Whittnish.  'All you need is patience and a bit of nous.'"

 - M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans (2012)

Word of the day: astragal

The word of the day is astragal:

1. a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads.
2. a plain convex molding; bead.
3. a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/astragal


"The glazing of the light room was interrupted only by the crisscrossing of the astragals that kept the panes in place."

 - M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans (2012)


I'm not convinced that was actually the right word.  Maybe it's different in Australian?

Word of the day: stoush

The word of the day is stoush:

a fight or brawl (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stoush)


"After the war, people tried to make allowances for the men who'd come back a bit too fond of a drink or a stoush, or the ones who couldn't hold down a job for more than a few days."

 - M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans (2012)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Word of the day: vesicant

The word of the day is vesicant:

producing a blister or blisters, as a medicinal substance (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vesicant)


"The article describing the use of chemical weapons in warfare focuses almost exclusively on vesicants used by German and British forces during World War I.  But it omits mention of the equally or even more devastating chemical incendiary bombs and flamethrowers used in extensive U.S. and British air attacks on German and Japanese cities and forces during World War II, by U.S. forces in Korea, and by French and U.S. forces in Vietnam."

 - Manfred E. Wolff, 11 May 2015 Chemical & Engineering News (http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i19/Devastation-Chemical-Weapons.html)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Word of the day: vaporware

The word of the day is vaporware:

Computer Slang. a product, especially software, that is promoted or marketed while it is still in development and that may never be produced. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vaporware)


"Robert Wise, their author, had to admit that the standards were not based on much evidence.  He was not convinced that they would make the hospitals that implemented them better prepared.  He and his colleagues decided to wait until disasters happened, then debrief affected hospitals to figure out how much was vaporware and how much was real."

 - Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (2013)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Word of the day: valance

The word of the day is valance:

  1. short curtain or piece of draperythat is hung from the edge of acanopy, from the frame of bed, etc.
  2. short ornamental piece of draperyplaced across the top of window. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/valance)

"Homey pink, pleated valances framed windows overlooking a courtyard enclosed by the reddish-brown tapestry brick of the old hospital building."

 - Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (2013)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Word of the day: coeval

The word of the day is coeval:

adjective
  1. of the same age, date, or duration; equally old
  2. coincident
noun
  1. a contemporary (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/coeval)

"Many of the nurses and Pou were coevals.  They had grown up in New Orleans, attended private and Catholic schools, and now, with time to talk, they found they had friends in common."

 - Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (2013)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Word of the day: peristylium

The word of the day is peristylium:

  1. a colonnade surrounding a building or an open space.
  2. an open space, as a courtyard, surrounded by a colonnade. (<a href="http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/peristyle">dictionary.com</a>)
"Many thousands were expected to ride streetcar to New Orleans's giant public playground, City Park.  Sport exhibitions, musical performances, vaudeville acts, and movies packed the schedule.  In the evening, festivalgoers would be invited within the Ionic columns of an open-air peristylium and dance for hours to the beat of the Hotsy Totsy Jazz Band."

 - Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (2013)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Word of the day: thready

The word of the day is thready:

  1. consisting of or resembling a threador threads; fibrous; filamentous.
  2. stringy or viscid, as a liquid.
  3. (of the pulse) thin and feeble.
  4. (of sound, the voice, etc.) lacking fullness; weak; feeble. (<a=href"http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/thready"></a>
"The languishing patients were receiving little medical care, and their skin felt hot to the touch.  Some had the rapid, thready pulse of dehydration."

- Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death at a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (2013)