Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday (27)

Welcome back, wordy friends!

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

Here are three of my favorite new-to-me words from Indiscretion by Charles Dubow.  
All definitions from

1. funicular. "At the bottom of Montmartre, they take the funicular to the top of the hill."   

1. of or pertaining to a rope or cord, or its tension.
2. worked by a rope or the like.
3. funicular railway.

I'm picturing this almost like a ski lift of some sort...does that sound about right?

2. simulacrum. "The room is peaceful.  A simulacrum of domesticity."  

1. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
2. an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.

I think this is my favorite word for this week.  I love the sound of it.

3. raiment. "We make up our own excuses, justifying the betrayal, clothing it in nobler raiment." 
clothing; apparel; attire.

Straightforward definition, though I've never heard this word before.

What are your new words this week?


  1. I knew funicular because the city we lived in France had one. Makes me wonder if they're popular in France.

  2. The funiculars I've been are a little like open train carriages pulled up a steep hill on tracks (ie Isle of Capri).

  3. I knew raiment, good words.

  4. Yay! I knew raiment. Every week is like a quiz! I agree with you, simulacrum is my favorite word from your list too. I dare you to throw that one out in everyday conversation!

    1. Oh, my coworkers wouldn't know what to do with themselves. Ha!

  5. The descriptions sound right for your idea of funicular. Have to agree with simulacrum being the favourite :)


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