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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 15, 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.

I found this word in Confessions of a Former Child by Daniel J. Tomasulo.

1.  paginated – “Her handwriting was shaky and the papers not paginated.”

Paginated is the past tense of paginate which means to number the pages of a book or other document.

This word came from The Great Expectations School by Dan Brown.

2.  fumfered – “Oh, I fumfered.”

Fumfer is a Yiddish word meaning to “mumble”, most often used to mean to be evasive; can also mean to putter aimlessly or to waste time.

What new words have you discovered lately?

30 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2009 6:01 am

    paginated is something I can use often. I didn’t know there is a word for numbering pages.

  2. April 15, 2009 6:24 am

    I LOVE the word fumfered — it sounds like what it means! I think I will try to use the word in class today and see if the students notice. Thank you for the great vocabulary lesson 🙂

  3. April 15, 2009 6:40 am

    Okay, so maybe I’m not as bright as I like to think I am, but I have eight words today!!

    Thanks again for hosting this; I just luv it!!

    Happy Wednesday, everyone!

  4. April 15, 2009 7:38 am

    great words!

  5. April 15, 2009 7:39 am

    Fumfered is a word I heard from my grandparents.

  6. April 15, 2009 8:11 am

    I had eight last week; only two this week.

  7. April 15, 2009 8:46 am

    That second word is definitely a new one to me!

  8. April 15, 2009 9:17 am

    I know paginated well, since I used to work at a newspaper! Here’s my list:

  9. April 15, 2009 9:21 am

    So now I have a new name for my aimless puttering! Thanks for the words.

  10. April 15, 2009 9:25 am

    I’m definitely working “fumfered” into my vocabulary now. 🙂

  11. April 15, 2009 9:48 am

    Fumfered is a great word! Can’t wait to use it the next time my daughter mumbles!
    Here are mine.

  12. April 15, 2009 10:08 am

    I discovered “manumit” which means to free from slavery!

  13. April 15, 2009 10:21 am

    I occasionally see the use of pagination but funfered is new to me. I came across a couple of new words this week too. You can find them here.

  14. April 15, 2009 11:46 am

    I love fumfered! I fumfer in both senses of the word.

    I also have eight new words this week:

  15. April 15, 2009 12:45 pm

    I only have one word today, but it’s my first WWW at the new location of my Bookishgal blog, so I’m very happy anyway!

  16. April 15, 2009 1:19 pm

    I’ve heard of paginated before. Fumfered is great- I love that one!

  17. April 15, 2009 1:27 pm

    Fumfering people drive me nuts! Great words Kathy…mine are here:

  18. Carol permalink
    April 15, 2009 1:39 pm

    I loved fumfered, and it’s so usable.
    My word are up, too.

  19. April 15, 2009 1:41 pm

    Fumfer…now that’s an interesting one!


  20. April 15, 2009 2:45 pm

    I worked as an editorial assistant for many years, so I definitely heard a lot about “pagination.” But “fumfer” is a new one, although I’ve been doing a lot of it lately!

    I played along this week, for the first time.

  21. April 15, 2009 2:52 pm

    Hi Kathy, thanks for visiting today and commenting about The Physick Book of DD. That little flap was short lived.It was too annoying for words. My hubby took an xacto knife to it!

  22. April 15, 2009 3:19 pm

    I fumfer all the time. It’s nice I have another word to use when I do it!!

  23. April 15, 2009 3:28 pm

    Fumfer is a terrific word – and one I think I would actually use! I’m late today, but I finally got my WW post up:

  24. April 15, 2009 6:16 pm

    Librarians use the word pagination all the time, as in, “That journal has continuous pagination.” If I ever say that to anyone normal (s)he looks at me like I’m a total geek, and a pretentious one at that!

  25. April 15, 2009 6:21 pm

    Fumfered is a great one. I’m coming across a lot of new Yiddish words in my current read (Who by Fire).

  26. April 15, 2009 7:59 pm

    Finally got my act together. I got a notebook and everything to write words in. 🙂

    Here’s mine.

  27. April 15, 2009 8:17 pm

    I’m going to try to use fumfered tomorrow!!!

  28. April 15, 2009 8:50 pm

    I used to use paginated a lot. Fumfered is a new one…but I like it!!!

  29. April 16, 2009 9:11 am

    fumfered, what a great word…I’m going to have to use this one…since I love saying oye! or Oye ve…excuse my spelling.

  30. April 16, 2009 1:38 pm

    My word was cadastre, from The Discovery of France. It’s a detailed map that includes information such as land ownership — one that might be used by tax assessors rather than travelers.

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