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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 19, 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!

I found the first two words in The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.

1. scree – “Those rare days he could be said to have been in something resembling a good mood, he’d look back at us as we struggled over a wall or tried to scramble up over the scree of a sewage ditch, and he’d smile and say, “Life is pain.””

After I looked this one up, I felt like I should have known it.  Scree is an accumulation of loose stones or rocky debris lying on a slope or at the base of a hill or a cliff.

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2. woobie – “I took my woobie out of my pack and covered him.”

I felt rather silly after I looked this one up.  According to Wiktionary, a woobie is any object, typically a blanket, garment or stuffed animal that is used simply for its comforting characteristics.

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My third word today came from The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks.

3. talus – “We’d be hiking a talus-littered trail up to ten thousand feet, after all, and then spend three days creekside among the lodgepole pines.”

Interestingly enough, talus is very similar in meaning to scree.  Talus is rock debris at the base of a cliff.  Obviously, I need to get out more.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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  1. September 19, 2012 7:33 am

    Amazing how we have so many words in our language and so many more I have never heard of. :)

    Great words today.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

  2. September 19, 2012 8:08 am

    I knew scree from a youth spent doing quite a bit of bushwalking, and have battled scree slopes myself. I’d never heard talus used for scree though. I do know talus as a bone in the foot, forming part of the ankle joint. Woobie is totally new for me too.

    • September 19, 2012 8:26 am

      When I looked up talus the first definition was a bone in the foot, but I knew that didn’t fit in this case.

      • September 19, 2012 8:38 am

        Yes, it would put a whole different spin on the book if that was the talus covered slope wouldn’t it?

  3. September 19, 2012 8:40 am

    How cool that you ended up with scree and talus in one week from two different books. Little coincidences like that always make me a little more giddy than they probably should. :P

  4. September 19, 2012 9:40 am

    I knew scree…I am always happy if I know one.

  5. September 19, 2012 9:41 am

    OMG, I so need a woobie! (I think we could all use one sometimes!)

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 19, 2012 10:12 am

    Hey, I finally knew all three words on Wondrous Wednesday!

  7. September 19, 2012 10:20 am

    Woobies! Yes. They usually hold emotional significance.

  8. September 19, 2012 10:51 am

    Hi Kathy,

    I too, know of scree, but like others, thought that talus was something to do with the foot, although I couldn’t quite remember what … so I suppose in theory, I know two of your words … However Woobie is totally new to me and just has to find its way into a conversation very soon, just to see the bemused look on people’s faces!!

    What a fun post this week, thanks for hosting,

    Yvonne

  9. September 19, 2012 11:17 am

    Everyone needs a comforting woobie once in awhile, like that word.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/09/wondrous-words-wednesday_19.html

  10. zibilee permalink
    September 19, 2012 11:30 am

    I had a woobie when I was very young! I thought my mom made the name up! It was a special pillow that my aunt had sewn for me that had a different print on each side. I wish I knew where it was today…. :)

  11. September 19, 2012 12:08 pm

    I didn’t know what a woobie was either but I like it. I can see myself using that word from now on.

  12. September 19, 2012 12:39 pm

    Scree was the only one I knew, but I was able to guess a near meaning for woobie – never heard of it before though.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    September 19, 2012 12:41 pm

    Woobie totally makes sense but we don’t call our special toys that!

  14. September 19, 2012 1:31 pm

    Scree was the only one I knew. I was clueless on woobie.

  15. September 19, 2012 3:37 pm

    Dunno if I have even heard those before

  16. September 19, 2012 3:56 pm

    I burst out laughing when I saw “woobie”. I knew what it was, but I didn’t think it was an official word!

  17. September 19, 2012 4:55 pm

    All new to me, I like ‘woobie’.

  18. September 19, 2012 5:04 pm

    Very unique words…except for woobie…lol…

  19. September 19, 2012 6:30 pm

    Woobie is wonderful! I am going to use it. :)

  20. September 19, 2012 6:40 pm

    I’ve only heard of woobie, and that’s such a fun word I hope it catches on!

  21. September 19, 2012 8:49 pm

    Ha! I can’t believe that woobie is actually a word!!! Thanks for sharing Kathy.

  22. September 19, 2012 11:31 pm

    Love that woobie is an actual word. I just thought it was a child’s made-up term for their own snuggly blankie!!

  23. September 21, 2012 4:28 am

    Too little time to participate yet again :-(
    But I love your words, especially woobie, I actually love the concept of woobie! That’s one I’m sure to remember.

  24. softdrink permalink
    September 22, 2012 12:30 am

    I’m sitting here with my woobie right now. Not that I knew that that was what it’s called.

  25. September 22, 2012 8:49 am

    Woobie?? I love it and can so use it!

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