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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 5, 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.)

My words from this week come from a list of new words being added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  I was excited to see that vlog made the list, but it’s not one of my words, because I already knew it.

1. acai – a small dark purple fleshy berrylike fruit of a tall slender palm of tropical Central and South America that is often used in beverages

2. goji -the dark red mildly tart berry of a thorny chiefly Asian shrub that is typically dried and used in beverages

3. green-collar – of, relating to, or involving actions for protecting the natural environment

4. missalette – a shortened form of a missal published periodically for congregational use

5. shawarma – a sandwich especially of sliced lamb or chicken, vegetables, and often tahini wrapped in pita bread

What new words have you discovered lately?

30 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2009 7:14 am

    Let’s see – from just reading the first 2 words, I could surmise that you’re reading a cocktail mixology book? 🙂
    Happy Wednesday!

  2. August 5, 2009 7:41 am

    I’ve heard of missalette because I used to work for a church, but haven’t heard of the others. Interesting.


  3. August 5, 2009 7:43 am

    Can I have a shawarma, please?

  4. August 5, 2009 7:45 am

    That’s funny because I have a relative who got me acai last year and I got her goji berries! (so we have been practicing pronouncing them all that time!) And I just recently learned about shawarma from another blog – Bookpuddle – I guess that shawarma stands are all over the place in Canada!

    Thanks for the fun list!

  5. August 5, 2009 8:00 am

    I love this celebration of new-to-us words and now you’ve found some new-to-the-dictionary words. Amazing.

    I have a couple of new words this week here: Joyfully Retired

  6. August 5, 2009 8:14 am

    I remember a few years ago looking up acai because it was in my tea!

  7. August 5, 2009 8:24 am

    These are all new to me. I might could use “green-collar” now and again.

    My words are here:

  8. August 5, 2009 9:15 am

    Hi Kathy,
    I have a word this week, and one we could use every time we talk about the opening sentence of a book.


  9. August 5, 2009 9:20 am

    shawarma…. I could go for this…

    LOL 🙂

    Good morning Kathy!

  10. August 5, 2009 9:49 am

    Great idea – take your words right from the dictionary!

    My words are here.

  11. August 5, 2009 9:53 am

    I’ve heard of acai, but have never tried it.

  12. August 5, 2009 10:21 am

    I’ve heard of acai, from a Facebook ad that ran for at least a month! Some kind of acai energy drink, I believe.

    I had so much fun playing last week that I decided to play again:

  13. August 5, 2009 10:24 am

    Great new words, Kathy!

    I was disheartened last year when “ginormous” was added. I had been after my kids not to say it, since it wasn’t a word. Now that it’s in the dictionary I have to let it pass!

  14. August 5, 2009 10:40 am

    I finally remembered to write some words down!

  15. August 5, 2009 11:00 am

    A shawarma sure sounds good. Thanks for the words.

  16. Carol permalink
    August 5, 2009 11:31 am

    Good list. I’ve never heard of the last two.

    Mine’s up.

  17. August 5, 2009 11:58 am

    I did not know anything about the last two words. Good ones!

    Wondrous Words Wednesday

  18. August 5, 2009 12:39 pm

    I love Merriam-Webster’s new words, especially goji! Sometimes they put words in the dictionary that don’t really seem like they should be there such as “bootylicious”!
    I love this meme!This is my first time participating!

    The House of the Seven Tails


  19. August 5, 2009 12:42 pm

    I would have thought green-collor meant something similar to white or blue collar. Nice picks

  20. August 5, 2009 12:57 pm

    I wish I knew you were doing this! I always keep a pocket dictionary on my nightstand in case I come across a new word. Next time I pick it up, I’ll make a note of it and come back!

    I love expanding my vocabulary!

  21. August 5, 2009 2:02 pm

    Totally telling everybody today that I has too many shawarmas !! Look forward to all the WTF looks !! LMAO !!

  22. August 5, 2009 3:22 pm

    I knew #1 and #4!! Getting smarter every Wednesday 🙂

  23. August 5, 2009 3:54 pm

    Yeah apparently acai is very “now” in health circles. I know I love a fleshy, berrylike fruit to kick start my day.

    And it looks like shawarma is meaty falafel. Now we know!

  24. August 5, 2009 4:45 pm

    The only one I knew was acai. But I love these posts exactly because they’re so full of new to me words!

  25. August 5, 2009 4:57 pm

    I knew acai and goji, but the others are new to me. I think shawarmas sound tasty!

  26. August 5, 2009 5:56 pm

    I never heard of green-collar and missalette before.

    I knew acai and goji from the smoothie place and shawarma from the sandwich place, so I actually learned these words from a menu 🙂

    Just posted my words on my blog: I have a word that I couldn’t find a definition of this week 😦

  27. August 5, 2009 8:04 pm

    I never heard of any of these words before, except for the one you didn’t include!

  28. August 5, 2009 9:01 pm

    How funny that yours are from the dictionary … because I combined my Wondrous Words Wed post with a book review of “Reading the OED” by Ammon Shea, who spent a year reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary. I learned a couple of words this week …. 🙂

  29. August 5, 2009 11:06 pm

    Where did u find Shawarma?
    I love it.. YUMM! ~~ Indian style one of course!

  30. August 10, 2009 11:45 pm

    ‘Dewd’ should be a new word. I’m pushing for it. Right now it shows up on

    And I can honestly proclaim that I’ve never heard of 4 of the 5 words.

    ‘Acai’ is familiar.

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