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 from the first pages of Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield, and although they are quite understandable from context I thought I would share them all the same.
The first preamble ends like this:
Inscribed as submitted this sixteenth day of Ululu, Fifth Year of His Majesty’s Accession.
And then, the first chapter begins:
Third day of Tashritu, Fifth Year of His Majesty’s Accession.
In those two sentences there is another interesting word:
Accession: n. 1 the attainment of a position of rank 2 the formal acceptance of a treaty or joining of an association 3 a new item added to a collection of books or artefacts.
And finally, one more:
The captive was brought in upon a litter, eyes cloth-bound so as to dissanction sight of His Majesty.
I wasn’t able to find a definition, but clearly to dissanction means something like to forbid, to prohibit.
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)