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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 1, 2009


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  Feel free to join in the fun.

My words for this week came from Laura Rider’s Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton.

1.  belletristic – “It was fine to read the Russian novels again and again, fine to read criticism, the belletristic essay, military history, science, biography, collections of letters, and the occasional grocery-store mystery.”

Belletristic means it is written and regarded for aesthetic value rather than content.

2.  encomium – “There were eleven more stanzas, each beginning with her name, each in the same spirit of encomium, . . .”

Encomium is glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise.

What new words have you discovered lately?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2009 5:47 am

    I’m joining in this week! I have my list set to post later this morning. I’ll stop back and leave the link once it’s up. =)

  2. April 1, 2009 5:55 am

    oooh…two good words there, this week! Both new-to-me, as well. I only had 1 1/2 words this week, but they’re up!

    Thanks for hostin’ this, Bermuda Onion…

    Happy Reading, everyone.

  3. April 1, 2009 6:15 am

    You readers are like me!! Up at 5 a.m.!!!! Will look for a word to add later.

  4. April 1, 2009 7:12 am

    Here it is, that new word (to me): Sorry, haven’t found a second one yet, if you don’t count foreign words.

  5. Kaye permalink
    April 1, 2009 7:58 am

    Well, in the spirit of encomium, your blog is fabulous. Did I use that right? I like those words!
    Here are my words

  6. April 1, 2009 8:08 am

    Those are great words – both new to me.

    My words are here!

  7. April 1, 2009 8:46 am

    Two new words to me. As a former high school English teacher, believe me when I say that I have never read a belletristic essay.

  8. April 1, 2009 9:03 am

    Here’s my list for this week.

  9. April 1, 2009 9:22 am

    Two very good new-to-me words. I found two new ones this week as well. They are here.

  10. April 1, 2009 10:00 am

    Thanks for continuing with these wondrous words…I really like encomium…and I never new what it meant until now!

  11. April 1, 2009 10:16 am

    I posted last night, but am just getting around to leaving my link:

    Have a great day, Kathy!

  12. April 1, 2009 10:25 am

    I am unfamiliar with both of these.

  13. April 1, 2009 10:27 am

    Your words are new to me as well. I’ve never even seen them before!

    Here are mine:

  14. April 1, 2009 10:28 am

    Joining in for the first time this week!

  15. April 1, 2009 11:25 am

    You found some good words this week! I had not heard of either one of them. My list is here.

  16. April 1, 2009 12:10 pm

    Belletristic- I like that- “belle” means beautiful, right? My new words all came from Emma, they’re here.

  17. Carol permalink
    April 1, 2009 3:10 pm

    I’ve never heard either of those before. My post is up.

  18. April 1, 2009 3:14 pm

    I finally remembered to write down at least a couple of words for this. See here.

  19. April 1, 2009 6:06 pm

    I knew belletristic because the Germans use it to describe literary novels.

  20. April 1, 2009 11:20 pm

    Encomium is the kind of word that I look at, understand the definition, and then promptly forget because it just doesn’t look like what it means to me.

  21. April 3, 2009 2:20 pm

    My new word is graphomania from House of Leaves. It describes the passion or urge to write — in this case, a sickness

  22. April 3, 2009 3:14 pm

    Ooh, I like graphomania! It and cacography are my favourite new words so far!

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