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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 24, 2010

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 button, and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)  All of my words this week came from The Glass Room by Simon Mawer.

1. uxorious – “Uxorious birds, she thought, content in their couples.”

Uxorious means excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.


2. sybarite – “The athlete may turn into a plump sybarite, the frump into a sensual fertility figure, the sylph-like beauty into a scrawny scarecrow.”

Sybarite means voluptuary or sensualist.


3. epiphytes– “Lanik and his sister occupy part of the house like epiphytes living on a tree, not integral to the place but depending on it for shelter.”

An epiphyte is a plant that derives its moisture from the air and rain and usually grows on another plant.


What new words have you encountered lately?

33 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2010 7:03 am

    “Uxorious” is a very unique word!

  2. February 24, 2010 7:22 am

    I might have needed a dictionary to read this book! Big words! 🙂

  3. February 24, 2010 7:36 am

    All your words are new to me. Epiphyte sounds like something I should have known, but didn’t.

    I only have one new word, and I bet most of you will already know it.

  4. February 24, 2010 8:04 am

    Uxorious and epiphytes are two words I’ve never heard of but has a lot of uses!

  5. February 24, 2010 8:48 am

    Those are all new to me – great words!

    No new words in my books this week, but I read plenty of other things, too. See my new words here.

  6. February 24, 2010 8:50 am

    oh, three good words this week, huh? All new-to-me, too. Thanks for sharin’ ’em…

    I have two this week, and you can find them here

    Happy Reading, everybody!

  7. February 24, 2010 9:01 am

    you know, this meme is starting to make me feel very stupid. 😉

  8. February 24, 2010 9:26 am

    I think I’ve run across those first two in my reading since I started recording my words. 🙂 Here are mine for this week:

  9. February 24, 2010 9:40 am

    I don’t have any new words this week but yours are great! I will have to think of how I can try to use them.

  10. February 24, 2010 9:42 am

    Interesting words this week, especially uxorious with it’s two meanings. Not sure how to use that in a sentence.

    My new words this week can be found HERE.

  11. February 24, 2010 10:32 am

    hmm…like the word uxorious lol). My word is here

  12. February 24, 2010 11:22 am

    Wow! I think I’d need the dictionary to be my constant companion while I read this book. 🙂

    Here are my words…

  13. February 24, 2010 11:22 am

    I knew the first and last words, but wasn’t sure about the middle one.

    have just two words this week.

  14. February 24, 2010 11:28 am

    I think uxorious is a good word to put up on the refrigerator, for possible inspiration! :–)

  15. February 24, 2010 11:55 am

    Oooooo I like uxorious. That is a fantastic word. I’m going to teach it to my hubby!

    My list is up here:

  16. February 24, 2010 3:23 pm

    These are all fantastic words!

  17. February 24, 2010 3:43 pm

    a lot of your words look like they would have been impossible to figure out from context alone. I would have had to break out the dictionary too.

  18. February 24, 2010 4:10 pm

    i love this feature because after reading the words you choose I wonder to myself what writer scours a dictionary to use words like this??????? 😀

  19. February 24, 2010 4:32 pm

    Good words, I’m trying to make pages on my blog. So, I haven’t had time to write my words down. Boy, this week I had a lot of words too. I would have only given one. See ya next week.

  20. February 24, 2010 4:42 pm

    These are all new to me!

  21. February 24, 2010 4:57 pm

    “Uxorious ” is certainly interesting – I wonder about its history.

  22. February 24, 2010 4:58 pm

    “Uxorious ” is certainly interesting – I wonder about its history.

  23. February 24, 2010 5:00 pm

    Hmm…I think my comment went to spam :\

    • February 24, 2010 5:01 pm

      Well, obviously not 😛 For some reason my browser wouldn’t update after commenting! Sorry for the mess!

  24. February 24, 2010 5:47 pm

    Sorry I’m late, but it’s been one of those days. Now I have Mystery barking her head off at me.

    I think I’ve heard all but uxorious, but didn’t know what any of them meant. Thanks.

  25. February 24, 2010 6:09 pm

    Excuse me, but you have so many comments here that I have to scroll and scroll just to say

    … that I love uxurious. My friend used to use it all the time, when speaking of her marriage.

    She’s a novelist.

  26. February 24, 2010 7:07 pm

    More words for my list! I would like to read The Glass Room.

    I have a few words here:

  27. February 24, 2010 7:10 pm

    I loved all your words this week! Very cool. Mine are all Canadian:

  28. February 24, 2010 7:34 pm

    Three new ones to me! Thanks.

  29. February 25, 2010 6:39 am

    In the movie Monsoon Wedding, a little girl is reading a book, encounters the word uxorious, and asks her uncle what it means. He is embarrassed to explain, so he tells her that it is a misprint and should have been luxurious.

  30. February 25, 2010 8:04 pm

    interesting words! I hadnt heard of any of them.

  31. February 26, 2010 10:12 am

    “Uxorious” just doesn’t sound like its meaning… I know I’ve had to look this word up a few times!

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