Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are somewhat scary words:

stygian- Of or relating to the Styx River, very dark and gloomy; "the Stygian Crypt."

arachnid- A large class of arthropods that are mostly air-breathing by means of trachea or book lungs, that include spiders and scorpions.

brigand- A robber or bandit.


  1. Brigand was familiar, but I couldn't define it and I didn't know stygian at all. Unfortunately I am familiar with arachnid - maybe from a movie? Thanks for playing along.

  2. It's funny how you'll see stygian in fiction that isn't specifically related to our world (like some fantasy fiction). It's so easy to forget the roots of certain words.

  3. Hi Mary Ann,

    Yay!! A First!! I knew all of someones words this week, I didn't think it would ever happen.

    The film 'Arachnophobia', I remember all too vividly, although in reality it is me who is the spider catcher in our house ... hubbie just normally points and says 'spider!'

    Brigand, is a word I am used to seeing in the historical romance books which I read from time to time ... it always sounds very dashing and daring somehow

    Thanks for sharing your great words,


  4. I've not heard stygian before, but knew the other two. Lots of childrens books seem to use the term brigand for some reason.

  5. Bermudaonion- You're welcome! I am learning new words every week.

    SQT- You're right.

    Fiction-books- that's great, glad you enjoyed them.

    Louise- that's interesting about the children's books.