Today I have had my mind wonderfully expanded. I’ve been looking up the meaning of some words on a blog post. I believe the words I have been looking up were used as examples of less well known and understood words and I have had fun finding out meanings using the website dictionary.com
So today’s new words for me are:
Zaftig meaning buxom, full bodied or curvaceous. It is Yiddish according to dictionary.com and derived from the German word saft – juice. I really like this word so don’t be too surprised if I start using it.
Epithalamium meaning a song or poem in honour of a bridal couple. Another lovely word although I’m not sure I’ve got the pronounciation right. I do know that I had one composed by a freind for my own handfasting although I didn’t know that’s what it was until now 🙂
Chryselephantine meaning made of gold and ivory as certain types of ancient Greek sculpture. Can’t see me using this but it’s nice to know what it means.
Self-abnegation meaning self denial (this one I could guess at but worth looking up to check.)
Shibboleth meaning a password or word that distinguishes one group of people from another. I’m glad I looked this one up as I thought it had something to do with monsters!
Many thanks to Bo who posted all these wonderful words and helped me learn a few things today.