Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday, September 30th

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun by clicking on the logo to go to bermudaonions.

These wondrous words are from The Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder.

"violence, that is, of the quotidian kind, the physical and psychological violence of poverty, the type of violence that had surrounded Deo all through his childhood and adolescence.
" p. 200
1. daily: a quotidian report.
2. usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs.
3. ordinary; commonplace: paintings of no more than quotidian artistry.
4. (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur daily.
"There was rampant and blatant corruption, and complete impunity for those who practiced it - and impunity also for the soldiers who killed and the officers who gave them their orders." p. 201
1. exemption from punishment.
2. immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action.
"It was a gruesome and harmful form of palliation, and for Deo it expressed a psychological truth with broad application - that pains exist in layers, with the most excruciating at the top obscuring the pains beneath." p. 209
–verb (used with object), -at⋅ed, -at⋅ing. 1. to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.
palliation, noun


bermudaonion said...

I'll have to come back to this post when I read the book. Impunity is familiar to me, but I couldn't define any of these words. Thanks for participating!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I love Tracy Kidder, but have not read that one yet. I'm betting it's good.