Wondrous Words is a weekly meme that is hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion. Please click on the button to the left to link back to the main post explaining the details of the meme. The goal is to define new words (to us) that we’ve encountered whilst reading throughout the week.
This weeks selections were chosen from Up in the Air by Walter Kirn. There were a plethora of new words for me to choose from in this novel. As it happens, the main character, Ryan Bingham, favours a past time of incorporating featured focus words from his Verbal Edge cassette tapes, in his daily conversations. All told, I learned over twenty new words based on this little game of his. I’m inclined to start my own game, based on words that I learn through others’ posts for this meme.
quiescent- “How’s business?” Danny Said. “Quiescent. Yours?” Page 20
Wiktionary’s definition for quiescent is inactive, at rest, quiet.
seditious – “Seditious: given to promoting revolt.” Page 41
I was saved from using the dictionary for this one, as this is a direct excerpt from the vocabulary tape that I referred to above.
cadre – ISM’s founders came up through the military, a crew-cut cadre of logistics specialists who took what they’d learned supplying Vietnam with freeze-dried beef stew and tents and bayonets and applied it, in their first big contract, to the global distribution of auto parts. Page 159
WordNetweb’s most appropriate definition was a nucleus of military personnel capable of expansion.