Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Word of the Week Wednesday

Hello Wednesday Raviolis.  Today's word is one of grandma-ma's favorite.  It is a big sounding word with four syllables and when you say it out loud it can sound very mysterious.  So, the word of the week is:


That is a big word.   So big that I will break it down as the ear hears it - sar  cof  a  guess. 

Now, a sarcophagus is a funeral receptacle for a body that is most commonly carved or cut from stone. The word is from Greek origin meaning flesh eating because sarcophagi (more then one) were originally carved from limestone which was thought to decompose the flesh of the dead bodies inside it.

Limestone sarcophagus with Egyptian carvings all around it.  It looks very heavy.

The gold, inner sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen.  King Tut's burial tomb was so lavish with many golden tombs, statues and other items.  This inner sarcophagus of gold was inside a stone one.  Can you imagine the look of the archaeologists when they removed the stone cover from the stone sarcophagus and this beautiful golden sarcophagus was inside?

This is a middle English limestone sarcophagus.  It has very deep carvings of knights around it.  I think it would be a fun school project to build or create a sarcophagus out of clay.
How will you use the word sarcophagus in three sentences today?  This may be a tough one.  Here is grandma-ma's first sentence:

It takes many years to carve a sarcophagus out of limestone. Have a wonderful Wednesday my ravs and enjoy this interesting word.  Grandma-ma and Grampy love you.


Doris Sturm said...

I didn't know that - thanks for the lesson ;-) Very interesting!

Todd McKimmey said...

Actually, the last picture you have isn't a real sarcophagus... it's a 25/28mm miniature made by a company called 'Reaper Miniatures'. :)