Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week. To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link).
I’ve already been through the alphabet once and now have started again. I’m looking at the letter C this week.
This makes a nice break in my Malta posts. Back to those soon . . .
So, here is my WOW for this week:
- A severe abscess or multiple boil in the skin, typically infected with staphylococcus bacteria:
(Perhaps not the best example of a severe carbuncle. I really didn’t want to put anyone off reading by looking at the image I found on Wikipedia!)
2. A bright red gem, in particular a garnet cut en cabochon. (En cabochon means polished but not faceted.)
3. A mythical creature. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any images of this one, but here’s a description I found on a blog here:
“Carbuncle was a mythical creature, reportedly sighted in the Americas by Spanish conquistadors. It is described as a small creature, a bird or a mammal, that has a gem in its forehead, crystalised from the brain of a dead dragon. According to myth, it is good luck to catch a carbuncle.”
car·bun·cle (kɑr bʌŋ kəl)
Part of Speech:
Adjectives: carbuncle, carbunkled or carbuncular (having the colour of a carbuncle)
1150-1200; Middle English, from Old French, charbuncle, from Latin carbunculus ‘small coal’, from carbo ‘coal, charcoal’.
boil, blister, sore, abscess, pustule, pimple, spot, wart, wen, whitlow, canker
Use in a Sentence:
- The great storm drove our sailing ship considerably off course, and once it had abated, a small, carbuncular island came gradually into sight:
2. (Adjective use) The exterior of the pomegranate had ripened into a deep, carbuncular red, but the seeds inside were bright scarlet:
3. This example is a little longer than a sentence … but who’s word counting? 🙂
‘The ugly witch cackled, her voice like a corncrake, and when she turned I saw the massive green carbuncle sitting on her nose. She –’
‘Stop!’ yelled Mrs Humphreys, the tyrant English teacher. ‘I told you several times, William, that carbuncles are red.’
‘Well, this one i’n’t,’ William retorted. ‘Me dad said the word can mean just a big lump. ‘E should know, he ‘ad one on his b-’
‘Enough!’ Mrs Humphreys shrieked as the class dissolved into fits of laughter. ‘Only red carbuncles permitted in this story. If your father disagrees, William, he can see me about it’
‘He bleedin’ well will, un’ all,’ William muttered under his breath. ‘You’re wrong about this, yer silly old moo.’
(Apologies to all teachers, including my former self.)
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