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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 16, 2009

vocabulary

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

    http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

    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: http://wordlily.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/words-from-my-reading-18/

  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

    Hi!
    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!

    Sherrie

  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!

    http://snipssnailsandpuppydogstails.blogspot.com/2009/09/wondrous-words-wednesday-9-16-09.html

  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: http://bookatopia.blogspot.com/2009/09/wondrous-words-wednesday-september-16.html

  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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