Wondrous Words Wednesday
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.
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.
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.
Have you come across any new words lately?