Saturday, April 11, 2009

vocabulary building #6

My women's book club is reading To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf this month. The word I chose seems familiar, but I've never looked it up before (hint: it's Latin!) Here's one of Woolf 's famous "run-on" sentences:

"But in this dumb colloquy with the sand dunes he maintained that his affection for Ramsay had in no way diminished; but there, like the body of a young man laid up in peat for a century, with the red fresh on his lips, was his friendship, in its acuteness and reality, laid up across the bay among the sandhills."

Wow! That's a mouthful! I must admit, it makes better sense in the paragraph, where William is thinking about his relationship with his old friend, Mr. Ramsay.

Check my left column, for the definition.


BeadedTail said...

Can't say as I've ever heard that word before so I learned something new today!

uniquecommodities said...

Ah..I have heard that word before! HOpe you are doing well!

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