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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 11, 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 my nifty Word-a-Day calendar.  I obviously need to read some more challenging books!

1. anent– “Anent the issue of whether the agreement is valid and legally binding, the court has found no objection.”

Anent means about or concerning.  Anent is an old word that almost became obsolete, but was revived in the 19th century.  It’s rarely used in speech these days, but can be found in written sources.


2. fissiparous – “The reorganization of management can have a fissiparous effect on the rest of the company.”

Try saying fissiparious three times fast!  Fissiparous means tending to break up into parts.


3. indite– “He proceeded to indite a note to Biddy with my love in it.”  — Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Indite means to compose; also: to put into writing.


Have you come across any new words lately?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2010 5:29 am

    wow, I haven’t heard of those words. I would love a
    Word A Day calendar, I should check out an application for my Iphone… Happy Reading!

  2. August 11, 2010 5:43 am

    Indite, I am familiar with, the other 2 are new. And I think fissiparious just sounds funny lol.

  3. meadowmist permalink
    August 11, 2010 7:06 am

    Fantastic words….I have heard of NONE of them.


  4. August 11, 2010 7:24 am

    I wasn’t familiar with any of them, but I kind of figured out indite!

    Here’s my list:

  5. August 11, 2010 8:18 am

    Happy Wondrous Word Wednesday~
    All of your words are new to me. I like the middle one. For some reasons I thought of fossils. Boy, was I off. My word is here.

  6. August 11, 2010 8:22 am

    I go through periods where none of my books have challenging words either. But lately, “The Last Ember” is giving TOO many new words. ha.

    All 3 of your calendar words are new to me. Fissiparous sounds neat.

    My words are here:

  7. August 11, 2010 9:12 am

    Completely, unfamiliar with these words, but I like indite.

  8. August 11, 2010 9:34 am

    Fissiparous has so many possibilities! Party game: say it 3 times fast AFTER 2 margaritas! (actually, as you point out, even without ANY margaritas!) Or spelling bee: you could knock out a lot of people with that one!

  9. August 11, 2010 9:37 am

    “Fissiparous” is an excellent word! I love it.

  10. August 11, 2010 10:01 am

    I like #2…that’s what I did over the weekend to my hubby’s riding toy!!

  11. August 11, 2010 10:08 am

    I actually like the first word…I think I will try to work that one into conversation today.

  12. August 11, 2010 10:53 am

    I like that you included the history of the word anent. It made it more interesting.

    I have some new words this week. Find them at: Joyfully Retired.

  13. August 11, 2010 11:55 am

    I like fissiparous – nobody would have a clue what you were talking about. lol.

  14. August 11, 2010 12:02 pm

    Fissiparous is a very odd looking word. I don’t know any of them!

  15. August 11, 2010 3:56 pm

    I came across “massif” in two different places, so it stuck with me. It’s a term for a chain of mountains in a distinct region. It seemed odd to run across it twice in one day. One was an article on Mont Blanc, the other in the book Unbound (about China).

    great meme

  16. August 11, 2010 4:01 pm

    These words are quite erudite. I will add them to my list. 😉

  17. August 11, 2010 5:47 pm

    Fissiparous sounds like a disease. I love the sound of it.

  18. August 11, 2010 6:42 pm

    I can’t even say fissi-whatever one time!

  19. August 11, 2010 7:20 pm

    You win! I knew none of these. “Fissiparous”–what a cool sounding word! Thank you!

  20. August 12, 2010 10:51 am

    I love fissiparous. Proxemics is a favorite of mine as well.

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