Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday 7

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at the Bermuda Onion where you "can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative!"

Last week was test writing - this week is midterm grading, so I am reading a silly book this week - Some Like it Hawk by Donna Andrews (the 14th book in the Meg Langslow series).  And in this book I found the word ... 

"Save the mime, apple pie, and motherhood speech for the voters," I said. "What Ms. Jones doesn't mention is that in addition to being a mime, she's also an ecdysiast."

Gypsy Rose Lee - because that
is the closest I am coming to
illustrating this word.
noun \ek-ˈdi-zē-ˌast, -zē-əst\
1:  stripteaser
2: An erotic dancer who removes their clothes as a form of entertainment; a stripper.

Greek ekdysīs
First Known Use: 1940
Coined by H. L. Mencken from ecdysis (on the model of enthusiast etc.).

First - what a word to randomly be looking up on the internet when you are tired.  Second - a mime stripper ...  the mind reels!

From Field Notes from A Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert I ran into

"from Siberia to the Austrian Alps to the Great Barrier Reef to the South African fynbos -" 

I came to a screeching halt at fynbos from Wikipedia ...

"Fynbos (/ˈfeɪnbɒs/; Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈfəinbɒs]) is the natural shrubland or heathland vegetation occurring in a small belt of the Western Cape of South Africa, mainly in winter rainfall coastal and mountainous areas with a Mediterranean climate. The Fynbos ecoregion is within the Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub biome. In fields related to biogeography, fynbos is known for its exceptional degree of biodiversity and endemism (the ecological state of a species being unique to a defined geographic location)."

 Oh My God - just Google the images for fynbos - it is gorgeous !


  1. Both new to me. But I may have the opportunity to both learn the word fynbos and see it -- there are rumors that the Missouri Botanical Garden is going to take a group there because it's so gorgeous.


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