by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Threnet’ic, a. complaining; expressing sorrow.

Word in the Wild: Tanis left her office to investigate the threnetic keening coming from the kitchenette. She found Priya desolate—it turned out that her trusty 1987 Nissan had died earlier that morning and now, to top it off, the coffeepot was completely empty. If only Nissans and coffee had been covered by the company’s bereavement leave.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather November 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

I’m glad you enjoyed it (and I’m glad there’s lots of coffee in the coffeepot this morning)!

Rebecca November 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I have never heard that word before–useful and serious-sounding, I like it. Thank you!

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