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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 25, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky! It’s a good thing I have a Word-a-Day calendar because I had to rely on it again this week.

1. cumshaw – “I never heard her ask for any cumshaw that weighed less than a ton and which required fewer than a dozen enlisted men and two trucks to move.” — James A. Michener, Los Angeles Times, October 19, 1986

Cumshaw is a noun that means a present or gratuity; also: a bribe or payoff.  It’s from a word that means “grateful thanks” in the dialect of Xiamen, a port in southeast China.  Sailors hearing the word thought it meant “handout,” and have given it their own meaning.

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2. gloze – “It does seem that he went out of his way to conceal or gloze over certain aspects of his career, his military exploits in particular.”  –Eleanor Perenyi, GreenThoughts

Gloze is synonymous with gloss, so it should be pretty easy to remember.  It’s a verb that means to mask the true nature of: give a deceptively attractive appearance to.

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3. conglobate– “Jack alternately conglobated and flattened a bit of clay as he talked to his pottery class.”

Conglobate is a verb that means to form into a round compact mass.  Etymologists think it might have originated as a blend of globe and blob.  You can hear its pronunciation here.

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Have you come across any new words lately?

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  1. April 25, 2012 5:07 am

    You always seem to bring to my notice some important words. Thanks.

  2. April 25, 2012 5:20 am

    Did not know any of the three! Thanks for hosting. :)

  3. April 25, 2012 7:31 am

    Three wonderful new words for me too.

  4. April 25, 2012 8:33 am

    All new to me!!

  5. April 25, 2012 8:34 am

    These are all really good words. Cumshaw is particularly interesting.

  6. April 25, 2012 8:45 am

    I think I heard of cumshaw before.

  7. April 25, 2012 8:57 am

    I think I’ve heard gloze but never seen it written. I thought it was a regionalism. Cool! Thanks!

  8. April 25, 2012 9:14 am

    Nice!
    I’m finding tons of Britishisms in the PGWodehouse I’m reading. Writing a post on them would take too long!

  9. April 25, 2012 9:46 am

    I am really starting to think that I need to get a Word-a-Day Calendar, as most of these are words that I would never come across anywhere else, and have never heard before. I think Melissa would be particularly fond of conglobate, as she has become a pretty good little sculptress, and is always conglobating clay nowadays!

  10. April 25, 2012 10:09 am

    Some fascinating words! My favorite of yours today is definitely congoblate, love the sound although I’m not sure I’ll use it. Before I read what gloze meant I thought about gloss over so that makes sense. I think I’m going to get a Word-of-the-Day calendar next year!

    I participated today and posted a few words on my blog. I hope you like them!

  11. April 25, 2012 10:16 am

    I think I need a Word-a-Day calendar. These are all new to me and great words – its nice to have some “new word” reading when my current pile is just using familiar phrases.

  12. April 25, 2012 10:20 am

    I like gloze. But I’m not sure how to pronounce it.

  13. April 25, 2012 10:48 am

    Great words, Kathy! Gloze I took note of a week or so ago on my word calendar. :)

  14. April 25, 2012 11:04 am

    Interesting words again this week, thanks for sharing.

  15. April 25, 2012 11:36 am

    Good words, all new to me. I have to get a Word-of-the-day calendar.

  16. April 25, 2012 11:39 am

    I think I may have been able to decipher the meanings of gloze and conglobate, but cumshaw is a new one. A word a day calendar is a great idea – thanks for sharing these words!

  17. April 25, 2012 11:42 am

    I loved seeing the origins, especially the story behind cumshaw.

  18. April 25, 2012 12:08 pm

    Lovely words; interesting origins. And I really like how ‘gloze’ and ‘globulate’ feel in the mouth.

  19. April 25, 2012 12:11 pm

    I like those word calendars. They always have the most interesting words, like today’s.

  20. April 25, 2012 12:12 pm

    I wonder why anyone felt the need for gloze, given there is gloss!

  21. April 25, 2012 12:59 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    All three are new words to me. I love the idea of ‘conglobating’, although I am not sure about being able to bring it into nonchalantly into general conversation!

    I really must search out a ‘word a day’ book, it sounds like good fun to browse through.

    Thanks as always for hosting,

    Yvonne

  22. April 25, 2012 1:41 pm

    More new words for me this week. I should try to start using some of these in conversation!

  23. April 25, 2012 2:47 pm

    All are new to me!!

    Why oh why do I keep forgetting to write words down for WWW?

  24. April 25, 2012 3:07 pm

    All new to me. I do like gloze, though, and I think I could actually use it.

  25. bookingmama permalink
    April 25, 2012 3:23 pm

    Every week I’m astounded by just how many words out there I don’t know.

  26. April 25, 2012 3:25 pm

    I love the word gloze…it kind of describes me…lol…

  27. April 25, 2012 3:47 pm

    Weird and new to me :)

  28. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    April 25, 2012 6:00 pm

    Those are crazy words to me!! LOL!

  29. April 25, 2012 7:46 pm

    Interesting words. If I were to guess at the meaning of “conglobate”, I admit, I would have said to spit!

  30. April 25, 2012 9:10 pm

    Love your words today Kathy! I think I could definitely remember gloze.

  31. April 25, 2012 10:49 pm

    Three words I did not know!

  32. April 26, 2012 12:10 am

    I think cumshaw is my favorite!

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