Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday (in New Guinea!)

I was sent a review copy of "Lost in Shangri-la" by Mitchell Zuckoff. it is a non-fiction book about a plane that crash lands in a remote part of New Guinea during WWII.

I am several chapters into it and enjoying it so far. Mr. Zuckoff is introducing us to several words that are peculiar to New Guinea, but he keeps including the definitions of the words. This is good for my reading of the book, but bad for this meme! :)

i did come across one word, though, as he was describing what the native women wore. He said, "...and always one or more capacious carrying nets hung over the back from the forehead."


According to Dictionary.com it means:

Having a lot of space inside; roomy: "a capacious van".
spacious - roomy - large - commodious - wide - ample

So, capacious means spacious...and, it even rhymes! :)

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted at bermudaonion.net. We talk about and share new words that we have come across in our reading - go over to WWW and check it out!


  1. I'll be able to remember that one! Thanks for playing along.

  2. Capacious is such a fabulous word. In medicine there is actually an extraordinary term using it- capacious rectum- it's long been one of my favourites. .

    1. Lol! I'm not gonna ask. ;)

    2. Hi Louise and Libby,

      Sorry, I just had to look this one up (no pun intended) and just the thought of it is enough to bring tears to the eyes. I certainly didn't know that definition of the word.

      Thanks for sharing such a great piece of information.


  3. Thanks! for sharing.


  4. I know capacious, but not well enough to use it. I'll remember it now that I think of it rhyming with spacious.

  5. Great word!
    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

    Happy day****

  6. Hi Libby,

    Capacious is a great word, isn't it? and quite an easy one to casually throw into a conversation.

    I am intrigued by the thought of some of the words which are native to New Guinea though and even better for the reading experience if the definitions are close to hand, rather than having to search for them, thus breaking the continuity of the book.

    1. I just finished the book a little while ago. I thought he did a nice job. He would tell us words the natives used and what they meant and it flowed really well. Plus there was an adventure element as it was about a rescue mission.

  7. sounds like an interesting book... i love learning new words....and reading definitely helps with that!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

    1. Sure ! Your family sounds like a riot! I "only" have five kids. ;). Lol!