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Friday, October 22, 2010

Vocabulary Day

It's been a while since I've brought you any new words. I LIKE new words, so I'm about to correct that error. In fact, I'm going to try to make it a monthly feature... or at least whenever I learn 4-5 new words. Personally, I think every book should have at least one word in it that I have to look up. This isn't the monthly contest, and this isn't going to have the number of choices as I've sometimes made up. But it's just for fun. The answers are farther down in this post.

1. Deliquese
a. How you feel after eating a bad ham sandwich at the deli
b. To dry out
c. To liquefy

2. Vigara
a. Those little blue pills
b. Associated with mist and lightning
c. Unexpected growth

3. Giclee
a. Italian ice cream
b. High quality inkjet art print technique
c. Italian jelly beans

4. Jish
a. Navajo medicine bag
b. To lounge
c. A mixture of urine and semen

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1. To deliquese is to liquefy. I learned it in relation to the self-digesting mushroom. Inky caps deliquese.

2. Vigara is something to do with mist and lightning. I can't find the word anywhere, and of course, the internet insists that you want to look up Viagra. It's in a Tony Hillerman novel, The Sinister Pig, in the following sentence, "No lightning yet, and only one of the clouds was dragging a mist of vigara below it." Because of Hillerman's settings, I'm assuming that it has to do with a Navajo belief.

3. Giclee is a high-quality inkjet printing technique for art prints.

4. Jish means all three of those things. I ran across it in a Hillerman book, with the use of a Navajo medicine bag. The Urban Dictionary provided the other definitions.

Tomorrow, I'll be back in the woods with the trail club!


Duxbury Ramblers said...

Words to Woods in a day :)

RNSANE said...

Clearly, Shark, if I read Tony Hillerman, I'd better have a dictionary handy!!! My brain didn't have those definitions anywhere!

Auntie E said...

I love the Vigara definition. I looked it up in an unabridged dictionary and could not find it. Then I looked it up in a new dictionary and still not there. The little blue bill is spelled differently(Viagra). Could it be the writer made the word up to enhance his story? It would be interesting to get a Navajo dictionary to see if it was in there. There are several nowadays, with this new era. The Apachean language from the Athapaskan tribe family has created dictionaries. I find this fascinating. I think I will like your New word find. it will be a great way to broaden our minds.

Ann said...

well for guessing I didn't do so bad. It is nice to learn new words, the problem is that I learn their meanings but they are used so infrequently I never remember them :)

jeanlivingsimple said...

I enjoy learning new words. I knew the first one on the list.

spinninglovelydays said...

Never encountered any of them, as far as I can recall. I'd like to use vigara in a sentence one of these days though. Thanks for the "new" words. :)

The Oceanside Animals said...

I learned "deliquesce" from writing horror novels. I won't go into the details of what I used it for. ;-)

Unknown said...

I just finished reading Tony Hillerman’s Sinister Pig and was also curious about his use of that word Vigara. I think the actual word is Virga, when precipitation can be seen descending from the clouds, but evaporating before it reaches the ground.