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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 17, 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.  (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)

All of my words for this week come from Secret Daughter by June Cross.

1.  cheongsam – “My mother bought a green cheongsam with slits up to her thighs.”

A cheongsam is a dress of Southern Chinese origin with a slit skirt and a mandarin collar.  (I’ve seen plenty of these, but never knew there was a name for them.)

2.  riposte – “I discovered I had a peculiar talent for these ripostes, even though I would never have dared play the dozens on the streets of Atlantic City.”

A riposte is a retaliatory verbal sally.

3.  opprobrium – “Several of my classmates provoked our collective opprobrium: those who chose to socialize exclusively with whites even though their skin, noses and hair dictated that they join us in the west side of the dining room.”

Opprobrium is something that brings disgrace.

What new words have you discovered lately?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2009 7:27 am

    I knew the first two but not the third. I’m not sure if I could work that one in a sentence.

  2. June 17, 2009 7:50 am

    OK, I had some trouble finding definitions this week, here’s my post (wanna help me?)

  3. June 17, 2009 8:13 am

    Your book sounds good based on your words.

    You can find my words at Joyfully Retired.

    • June 17, 2009 8:27 am

      I think you have to be pretty slender to wear a cheongsam. Me, I’m more the sari type! :–)

  4. June 17, 2009 8:43 am

    Great words this week! I didn’t know either of them(as usual ;)).

    Here is my words.

  5. June 17, 2009 8:50 am

    You had a two-for-one post for me because I see another new word (to me) in the definition of #2. 🙂

    What’s a “verbal sally”?

    Here are my 3 words for the week.


  6. June 17, 2009 9:17 am

    Great words Kathy…I remember cheongsams from Shanghai Girls… My words are here:

  7. June 17, 2009 10:00 am

    What terrific new words you’ve learned this past week! I think I’d have had to pull out my dictionary on those ones too.

  8. June 17, 2009 10:23 am

    Whoo-hoo, I knew all your words this week!

    My post is here:

  9. June 17, 2009 10:24 am

    I chose some interesting vocabulary from a book I recently finished about the tattoo industry. My words are

  10. thekoolaidmom permalink
    June 17, 2009 10:27 am

    Sometimes I wonder if the author’s making a word up, and if I came across “cheongsam,” that’d definitely be one of those “They made that up” words.

  11. June 17, 2009 10:29 am

    Darn! Something went wrong with my link. Let’s try again: my words are here.

  12. June 17, 2009 10:51 am

    All of your words were new to me this week.

    Here are mine:

  13. Carol permalink
    June 17, 2009 11:44 am

    Good words. I only knew riposte.

    Mine are up:

  14. June 17, 2009 11:52 am

    I only knew cheongsam but I loved reading the others too….great vocab lesson!!

  15. June 17, 2009 12:18 pm

    Great words this week; like you, I *know* the dress, I just didn’t know the correct name for it! Thanks for that.

    Mine are up, here

    Careful tho, the story title is a bit…risque’.

    Hope everybody is enjoying their week!

  16. June 17, 2009 12:32 pm

    Liked your words.
    I liked opprobrium for some reason it sounds like a very nice way to say a negative word – disgrace.

    Here is my Wondrous Words Musings:

  17. June 17, 2009 1:49 pm

    Opprobrium is new to me. I didn’t find any unfamiliar words this week.

  18. June 17, 2009 2:29 pm

    cheongsam- nice. i’m reading a book set in india and could do a whole post just from that book alone!

  19. June 17, 2009 2:32 pm

    I actually purchased a cheongsam when I was on vacation once, but had no idea there was a specific name for it either. Cool beans.

    I haven’t done any Wondrous Words this week, but now that I know about it, I’ll be participating next week for sure. 😀

  20. June 17, 2009 4:39 pm

    a few that I found.

  21. June 17, 2009 4:42 pm

    Opps! Let me try that again! Mine are

  22. June 17, 2009 4:50 pm

    Will the third time be the charm? Try this one!

  23. June 18, 2009 1:13 am

    I’m gonna join in. Weds is gonna be busy. lol.

  24. June 18, 2009 1:16 pm

    Great words. 🙂

  25. June 23, 2009 10:01 pm

    Neither did I know cheongsam is the word for such a dress. I see it everywhere in the garments markets in my part of the world.

    I’m joining WWW today. My entry is up.

    Cheers from Bangkok!

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