Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Word Wednesday is hosted by Kathy of BermudaOnion

I am taking up a stanza from Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich

"And now: it is easy to forget
what I came for
among so many who have always
lived here
swaying their crenellated fans
between the reefs
and besides
you breathe differently down here"


  1. Having battlements.
  2. Indented; notched: a crenelated wall.

[Probably from French créneler, to furnish with battlements, from Old French crenel, crenelation, diminutive of cren, notch. See cranny.]

crenelation cren'e·la'tion n.


bermudaonion said...

Great word. I would never have been able to figure it out even though I know some French. Thanks for participating today!

Jo-Jo said...

Great word today! This is one of those words that I would come across and just keep on reading.

Unknown said...

Marvelous little poem. I need to go back to reading poetry on a more regular basis.

Margot said...

You found a good one in your reading today.

Anonymous said...

I love the way you've been doing these Wednesday word posts.

Lisa notes... said...

Never heard of that one. Great word. I always learn new words from poetry.

Alyce said...

I have seen the word before and had a vague idea of what it meant, but couldn't think of anything in particular that would be "crenallated". :) I looked online and saw a lot of castle wall images, so I guess that makes sense.

Jenna said...

"Crenellated" is an awesome word!