Sunday, April 13, 2008

a month of posts - day thirteen

Here are some vocabulary that I've been familiarising with recently...
  • filthy - the word to describe everything and anyone amazing and good looking (according to my colleague Megan)
  • vex - to make someone annoyed, frustrated, worried esp over trivial matters (an underused word these days... rediscovered the word whilst reading Persuasion)
  • surgeon - a medical practitioner who treats wounds and fractures (also from Persuasion... this definition of the word has definitely evolved in the last two centuries)
  • ascetic - a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons (new word to me)
  • olanzapine - an antipsychotic medication used to treat first episodes of schizophrenia (I learnt the word from Sarah who's been memorising lists and lists of drugs for her nursing course)
  • aduh - an Indonesian word for 'ouch' (it's used as an exclaimation and my sisterinlaw uses is all the time!)

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