words4I’m sorry I’m a day late on this, but I do have a few new to me words to share.These are all from Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, which I’m still working my way through. The essays, meditations and poems give you a lot to reflect on.


clamant: 1. clamorous; loud. 2. demanding attention; pressing.

His own despair at the prospect of the obliteration of his clamant ego… (pg. 282, “Impending Resurrection” by Malcolm Muggeridge)

chiaroscuro– the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, esp. to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect

the one that I would choose to paint this scene is Rembrandt. I would want it done in chiaroscuro, in terms of light and shade… (pg. 287, “The End Is Life” by Frederick Buechner)

The following are from a poem, “The Everlasting Mercy” by John Masefield.

coulter– a sharp blade or wheel attached to the beam of a plough, used to cut the ground in advance of the plowshare.

drive the coulter deep/ to plough my living man from sleep

wale– a streak, stripe, or ridge produced on the skin by the stroke of a rod or whip; welt.

Ploughing the stubble into wales.

rest-harrow– European woody plant having pink flowers and unifoliate leaves and long tough roots; spreads by underground runners.

Through rest-harrow and bitter roots,

Play along at Bermudaonion’s Weblog.


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