A week or so ago, I noticed the Mac of a coworker at a client's office. Instead of the usual swirly background that I have on my mac, he had a dictionary screen saver: words scroll along the window and pause to display the word's definition. Hey, this is great, I can continue to increase my vocabulary without much effort. Sign me up!
The first word that displayed when the screensaver popped up was deacon:
1. (in hierarchical churches) a member of the clerical order next below that of a priest.
2. (in other churches) an appointed or elected officer having variously defined duties.
Okay, I knew that word, I thought, but then didn't really think about it much.
The next word that popped up was conclave:
1. a private or secret meeting.
2. an assembly or gathering, esp. one that has special authority, power, or influence: a conclave of political leaders.
3. the assembly or meeting of the cardinals for the election of a pope.
4. the body of cardinals; the College of Cardinals.
5. the place in which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church meet in private for the election of a pope.
Uh.... okaaaaaaaay.... I'm starting to sense a religious theme. I wondered about the next word.
That next word happened to be leonine:
1. (usually initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Leo, esp. Leo IV or Leo XIII.
2. of or pertaining to the lion.
3. resembling or suggestive of a lion.
I turned off the vocabulary screen saver.