Wondrous Words Wednesday: [without a theme, again]

Again, not reading in English this week, my new words come from WordThink.com and WordSmith.org respectively. Still, interesting words! (See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog)

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Precarious: adj. 1 Dangerously lacking in security or stability: “The precarious life of an undercover cop.” 2 Subject to chance or unknown conditions 3 Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: “A precarious solution to a difficult problem.”

I knew this word, because it’s used a lot in connection with the situation of young people entering the job market during a difficult economy, as the present one. At least, the Italian corresponding word is used a lot in that context.

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Fomes: n. (pl. fomites) An object (for example, clothing or bedding) capable of absorbing and transmitting infectious organisms from one person to another. “The sitters didn’t catch the virus at all. The cuddlers did, and so did the touchers, pointing up the importance of direct contact with secretions, but especially of fomites — objects and surfaces with infectious viral particles still on them.”

Not only the word was new to me, but the concept as well. I would never have imagined!

 

1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: “The precarious life of an undercover cop.”  2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions  3. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: “A precarious solution to a difficult problem.”

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