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Wondorous Words Wednesday

December 15, 2010

Wondorous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermudaonion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.

My words come from The Evil Genius by Wilkie Collins and for some very odd reason they all begin with the letter ‘P’:

1. Prevaricating – to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.

Mrs. Norman made the most common, and—where the object is to baffle curiosity—the most useless of prevaricating replies. When her mother asked her what she was reading she answered: ‘Nothing.’

2. Pertinacious extremely or objectionably persistent

Would the pertinacious lawyer give way at last? In appearance, at least, he submitted to defeat.

3. Pharisee a sanctimonious, self-righteous, or hypocritical person.

Don’t I know how you have suffered and how you have been tried! Why, what a mean Pharisee I should be if I presumed to despise you!”

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  1. December 15, 2010 12:43 pm

    Those are all great words and it is funny that they all start with a P. I don’t think I could even pronounce the second one. Thanks for participating today.

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