Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!
My words for this week come again from The Geometry of Love by Margaret Visser.
There are five partial tones to a Western bell’s ring: three notes in octave, one a perfect fifth above the “fundamental,” or middle, octave, and the last–the strange one–a minor third above the fundamental, giving the bell’s “voice” its complexity and unique plangency.
Plangency: n. derives from “plangent”, adj., chiefly literary (of a sound) loud and resonant, with a mournful tone.
(Bells, again, see?)
While Christian scholars worried at the chestnut, the religion of Islam arose out of Arabia.
I didn’t found any definition (nor any other example) for the phrase “worry at the chestnut”. But I found this:
Before this sentence, the author describes the theological disputes that opposed the Roman Church and the Church of Costantinople. So I guess what she means is that they were squabbling over minor differences in content (and major differences about in whose hands the power should be).
Have you ever heard this phrase? If so please share.
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)