Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Join in by writing a post and then add your link to Mr. Linky at Bermudaonion.
It’s been a while since I posted a WWW but, in the meantime, I kept a file of words that caught my eye so I’d have them ready for my next post. Of the two below, I can see myself using yardarm 😉
From The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller
The New Oxford American Dictionary:
n. the outer extremity of a ship’s yard
Example: The sun is over the yardarm – used to refer to the time of day when it is permissible to begin drinking.
“The sun was well over the yardarm, wasn’t it?”
From The Martian by Andy Weir
titration (from titrate)
The New OAD:
v. ascertain(ing) the amount of a constituent in a solution by measuring the volume of a known concentration of reagent required to complete a reaction with it, typically using an indicator.
“My life is now a desperate struggle for survival…with occasional titration.”