ASTONISHED: filled with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder

astonished

At Grace Church this morning I was struck by the use of the word “astonished” as it appeared in the lesson from the Gospels assigned for today.   In the story that is told, Jesus is responsible for healing a man who has been blind since birth.  Those who see the newly-sighted man are astonished.   Those […]

LEGERDEMAINE: [lej-er-duh-MEHN] an artful deception, sleight of hand

One of the things I love about the French language is the way syllables flow.  It is almost musical.   Today’s word, legerdemaine, is one of the best examples.    The word slips off the end of the tongue like honey slipping off the end of a honey dipper. It is smooth, paced, and photographically delightful, the […]