Set 38- Five New Words for Dec 8

Theme – Words with initial silent letters

1.  pteridology (ter-i-DOL-uh-jee)

MEANING:
noun: The study of ferns.

USAGE:
“From being novices in the world of pteridology five years ago, Kath and Wallace now preside over one of the finest collections of ferns in the country.”

2. knacker (NAK-uhr)

MEANING:

noun:    1. A person who buys old, sick, or worn-out animals for slaughter.
2. A person who buys old buildings, ships, etc. to break them up for scrap.

verb tr.:     To tire out.

USAGE:
“Eddie McIlwaine had it spot-on in Monday’s paper: ‘If the fates had been kinder and she had never met the iceberg … she would now be just a dot in H&W history after being broken up in the knacker’s yard.'”

3. gnathic

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to the jaw.

USAGE:
“For the first time in his life Judah sees the strangeness of the khepri, hears the scissor-sounds their gnathic movements make.”

4. wraith

MEANING:
noun:
1. A ghost.
2. An apparition of a person supposed to appear just before that person’s death.
3. An insubstantial copy of something: shadow.

USAGE:
“BlackBerry maker RIM, now a shadow of its former self and haunting the tech market like a wraith, took yet another hit.”

5. chthonic (THON-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to the underworld.

USAGE:
“The earth’s crust is riddled with unresolved tensions — prod, pierce, or bend it enough and these chthonic stresses will find sudden release.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s