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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 2, 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 first word this week came from Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie.

1. incarnadine – “Harry was turned towards Raza, holding his hands out for the ball with a smile that anyone who had been loved by Konrad Weiss would have recognised, when the stranger in the guard tower swept his Kalashnikov from right to left as though it was his partner in dance, and Harry fell in synchronised response, his shirt incarnadine in the bright lights of the Humvee.”

I found two meanings for incarnadine and in this case, I believe it means red, especially blood red.


My next word is from Undercover by Beth Kephart.

2. enrheum – “I made a Note to Self.  Enrheum, I thought.  Be sure to look it up.”

Enrheum means to have rheum through cold.  This definition caused me to look up rheum and it means a watery discharge from the mucous membranes especially of the eyes or nose.


My last word of the week is from Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart.

3. lambency – “Not since Lillian Penwick has the Philadelphia Assembly Ball been graced by such transcendent lambency.”

Lambency is the quality, state or instance of being lambent.  Lambent has several meanings, but I think the one this passage refers to is softly bright or radiant.


What new words have you encountered lately?

30 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2009 6:49 am

    I only knew Lambency! May be because I write poetry.

    Wonderful finds!

    Here are mine:

    Wondrous Words Wednesdays

  2. September 2, 2009 6:52 am

    “enrheum”, eh? I wonder if I could get away with using that without attracting weird looks 😛

  3. September 2, 2009 7:26 am

    I like lambency and the way the author used it. It sounds beautiful and I agree with poetic.

    My Wondrous Words are here

  4. bookingmama permalink
    September 2, 2009 7:34 am

    Leave it to Ms. Kephart to use such a beautiful word!

  5. September 2, 2009 7:49 am

    great words!

  6. September 2, 2009 8:31 am

    I find enrheum to be interesting also. And also interesting that the definitions themselves prompted more trips to the dictionary. 🙂

    My words are here:

  7. September 2, 2009 8:40 am

    Enrheum, interesting … Here are mine:

  8. September 2, 2009 9:08 am

    Wow, some great words. Mine is here

  9. September 2, 2009 9:17 am

    I get so annoyed with definitions that don’t make themselves clear, so you have to look up other words! those are very good words, though. Lambency was the only one I was familiar with.

    My words are here.

  10. September 2, 2009 9:33 am

    These are all brand new to me!

    Here are mine:

  11. September 2, 2009 9:53 am

    I’m so glad you had the word from Burnt Shadows – I figured out what it meant by the context, but I was a little annoyed she would describe a pivotal plot point through a word the general population probably doesn’t know!

  12. September 2, 2009 10:59 am

    Good word selection this week.

    My words may be handy if you travel – here’s my post.

  13. September 2, 2009 11:06 am

    Just when I’m feeling like I’m oh so smart…just a little smarty pants with a big vocabulary, you find words I’ve never ever, in my whole life, ever read or heard.

    Hubris…be gone…;o)

  14. justicejenniferreads permalink
    September 2, 2009 11:12 am

    Great selection of new words!

  15. September 2, 2009 11:44 am

    I have always thought it was a “pair of ducks” that you have to know how to spell a word in order to look it up in the dictionary to see how it is spelled.

    A word I saw used in a blog post recently that I had to look up was “vapid” . . . lacking liveliness, flat, dull. Sometimes I feel like that. Maybe you all knew that word.

  16. September 2, 2009 12:01 pm

    These are really good vocabulary words. I only hope to be able to remember them!

  17. September 2, 2009 2:16 pm

    They’re all new to me!
    My words are HERE

  18. September 2, 2009 2:28 pm

    Great words, Kathy! I especially like lambency!

    I hope my link works. If not I’ll find out how to do it right for next time!
    Wondrous Words Wednesday

  19. Carol permalink
    September 2, 2009 2:32 pm

    Good words. Enrheum was kind of yucky, though.

  20. September 2, 2009 3:50 pm

    Great words, especially lambency. 🙂

    Here are my words this week -

  21. September 2, 2009 3:59 pm

    Instead of reading so many books I should have to start reading the dictionary!!!

  22. September 2, 2009 4:20 pm

    I heard lambent before, I can’t remember where though, it must have been in a book.

    Here are my words:

  23. miriamparker permalink
    September 2, 2009 4:28 pm

    I love learning new words! All three are new to me. Thanks! 🙂

  24. September 2, 2009 4:43 pm

    This really looks fun; I may join in next week. I do tend to look up unknown words when I am reading.

    BTW: With all these big words, it is hard to believe you would be intimidated by Philip Roth…LOL

  25. September 2, 2009 6:06 pm

    I don’t have any new words this week. All yours are totally new to me!

  26. Bellezza permalink
    September 2, 2009 9:12 pm

    I’ve just begun The Elegance of The Hedgehog, and I’ve never heard of five of the words on the first page alone! I’m inspired by your Wondrous Words Wednesday to post them some time; I’m half excited, half intimidated, that I have to look these up. Usually I’m all prideful about my vocabulary. 😉

  27. September 2, 2009 9:37 pm

    Boy, you found some obscure ones this week!

  28. September 3, 2009 5:18 pm

    Whoops, I did have some. Just misplaced my list. It’s up now!

  29. September 4, 2009 1:34 pm

    Never heard of any of these words. Great choices!

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