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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 16, 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 this week’s words come from Blame by Michelle Huneven.

1. putative – “Wasn’t that what best friends – and putative bridesmaids – did?”

Putative means commonly accepted or supposed.


2. corm – “Patsy pried a thick corm from the dust.”

A corm is a rounded thick modified underground stem base bearing membranous or scaly leaves and buds and acting as a vegetative reproductive structure.


3. vituperation – “Then came much gushing about Brice – His nose! Aquiline supreme! – followed by little until he was diagnosed, when complaint and vituperation gushed from his pen.”

Vituperation is sustained and bitter railing and condemnation.


What new words have you encountered lately?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam Jacot de Boinod permalink
    September 16, 2009 5:21 am

    Dear Bermudaonion

    Please forgive me emailing you in such a seemingly cold fashion. You seem to share my love of language and I wondered if you might like a mutual link to my English word website:

    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

    (author of The Meaning of Tingo)

  2. September 16, 2009 7:30 am

    For some reason, I like the word “vituperation.” I just don’t want to be accused of doing it.(:

  3. September 16, 2009 8:06 am

    I would have had to also look up “aqualine” in # 3. Corm is the only word I’d heard of.

    Here are my 3 words.

  4. September 16, 2009 8:28 am

    Here are my words this week:

  5. September 16, 2009 8:29 am

    This is such a fun meme!

    Wondrous Words Wednesday

    I am having spacing issues with my posts as you’ll see if you visit my blog, Specifically this post, Sorry!

    Thank you Kathy for hosting this meme!
    ~ Amy

  6. September 16, 2009 9:21 am

    I like putative but not sure if I’ll remember to use it.

    My Wondrous Words are HERE.

  7. September 16, 2009 9:47 am

    I don’t like the meaning of “vituperation”, but for some reason I find the word itself so cool.

  8. September 16, 2009 11:09 am

    My first time joining in on this meme. You can see my word at my place, Just Books. They are all great words. But I’ll probably forget them. Have a great day!


  9. September 16, 2009 1:21 pm

    I know I probably could have been accused of at least short-term vituperation and am not proud of it. I am off to check out the meaning of aquiline!

  10. September 16, 2009 1:48 pm

    I really like the definition and the sound of ‘vetuperation’. Haven’t heard of any of these words though.

  11. September 16, 2009 2:43 pm

    I like the sound of vituperation! And it seems I’m not alone 🙂

    Here are my words:

  12. October 7, 2009 2:00 pm

    “Vituperation!” I’d forgotten about that word — I’d love to work it into a conversation sometime soon. 😀

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