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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 14, 2009


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the new button (or the old graphic), and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)


My words for this week come from Tell Me Something True by Leila Cobo.

1. execrable – “Now, something doesn’t go your way, and I’m suddenly an execrable character?”

Execrable means deserving to execrated: detestable.  (Execrate means to to declare to be evil or detestable.)


2. risible – “Gabriella remembers that time, but doesn’t say anything now; he has never spoken to her about these most intimate, yet most public of happenings, his family travails exposed daily with a level of detail that, back then, was risible and embarrassing.”

Risible means arousing or provoking laughter; laughable.


What new words have you encountered lately?

29 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2009 5:25 am

    Execrable is a bit of a mouthful huh? I actually knew the word but don’t use it much because of that.

    Here’s mine

  2. October 14, 2009 5:26 am

    I learn two more new words today! Thanks, Kathy!

  3. October 14, 2009 5:55 am

    I’ve not heard either of those words before. Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s mine…

  4. October 14, 2009 6:17 am

    I adore that on Wednesdays I know I’m going to be able to expand my vocabulary! People better watch out, I’ll talk them in circles. 🙂

  5. October 14, 2009 6:27 am

    These are great words! Thank you.

  6. October 14, 2009 6:46 am

    I didn’t get much reading done the past few days, but I did find a few new words.

  7. October 14, 2009 7:45 am

    I like the sound of risible!

    Mine are poetic words.

  8. October 14, 2009 8:09 am

    Risible sounds like some sort of 19th-century steam-powered vehicle. I’m into it.

  9. October 14, 2009 8:19 am

    So we’d rather read something risible than execrable.

    I have three words here:

  10. October 14, 2009 9:02 am

    Risible sounds nice. Here are mine:

  11. October 14, 2009 9:23 am

    I think I will try to use risable today. Thanks for the new words Kathy. Mine are posted here:

  12. October 14, 2009 9:26 am

    Your first word I would not use – too hard to say. But I like risible. I wonder why it’s not used more often.

    My words are here.

  13. October 14, 2009 9:26 am

    Two new words. Yay. (And people think the Internet is a waste of time. Ha.)

    Straight From Hel

  14. October 14, 2009 10:15 am

    Yes, I’m with the others who don’t use execrable because it’s too hard to say! Especially because when you want to use it, you’re full of emotion and want to say it fast! It just doesn’t come out the way it’s supposed to!

  15. October 14, 2009 10:33 am

    Oh! Excretable is such a great word to use in an insult! I’ll add it to my internal dictionary.

    I participated today!

  16. October 14, 2009 10:34 am

    Ha! I better update my dictionary, since I can’t spell execrable! lol

  17. October 14, 2009 10:43 am

    I’ve always loved seeing execrable, but trying to say it is a whole ‘nother matter!

  18. October 14, 2009 12:25 pm

    I know I came across “risible” in my reading sometime in the past few months! And I have to admit, when I first saw “execrable” I thought it meant something foul, and was derived from “excrement”

  19. October 14, 2009 12:32 pm

    Those are both new to me!

  20. October 14, 2009 12:51 pm

    Interesting words.

    Here’s mine:

  21. October 14, 2009 1:40 pm

    Your words are terrific, Kathy and completely new to me! I think I could actually use risible on a regular basis! Thanks!

    Here are mine:

    Wondrous Words

  22. October 14, 2009 2:11 pm

    I wrote down these word today, to help me remember them.

    These words would be great for students gearing up for the SATs and other tests.

  23. October 14, 2009 3:17 pm

    Ahh…think I’ve been using risible incorrectly all these years….thanks.

  24. October 14, 2009 3:17 pm

    well I see execrable will now be a new word I use at work…..and they will have NO clue! NO CLUE I tell you .

  25. October 14, 2009 3:17 pm

    I haven’t come across these two words before. Thanks for sharing. =)

  26. October 14, 2009 3:50 pm

    great words. I didn’t know those either! Here’s mine:

  27. October 14, 2009 4:42 pm

    Both words are new to me 🙂

    And here are my words after missing this for a few weeks:

  28. October 14, 2009 5:26 pm

    I was familiar with both these words but just had a general sense of what they meant. I know exactly what they mean now – great word choices, Kathy!

  29. October 15, 2009 3:27 pm

    Is that a new button, or am I behind the times?

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