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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 7, 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.

1. nocebo – “The patients who were given the nocebo reported mild to severe headaches.”

A nocebo is a harmless substance that when taken by a patient is associated with harmful effects due to negative expectations or the psychological condition of the patient.


2. guerdon – “Jerry’s promotion is a guerdon for his years of dedicated service to the firm.”

Guerdon means a reward or recompense.  Guerdon dates back to the 14th century and is still used today, but mostly for poetic effect.


3. jape– “At the convention, the younger gamers japed at the low-tech graphics of the early consoles on display.”

Jape is a verb that means to say or do something jokingly or mockingly.


What new words have you encountered lately?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2010 5:19 am

    ok, you got me this week. I didn’t know a one of them.

  2. April 7, 2010 6:19 am

    Wicked… i like all of them!

  3. April 7, 2010 8:06 am

    I wonder who came up with “nocebo.” I think I can actually remember that one.

    My three words are here:

  4. April 7, 2010 8:27 am

    I like all of your words. Haven’t read any of these words. So, thanks. I especially find “nocebo” interesting. I always hear the word placebo.

  5. April 7, 2010 9:11 am

    Here are mine for this week:

  6. April 7, 2010 9:15 am

    I’ve seen “nocebo” referred to as “the evil twin” of “placebo,” which is kind of cute.

  7. April 7, 2010 10:24 am

    interesting word, nocebo…sort of the opposite of placebo, I guess, but I’d never heard that before. Thanks for sharin’…

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

    Enjoy your week, everybody!

  8. April 7, 2010 10:46 am

    Funny – nocebo/placebo – for some reason that strikes me as funny this morning.

  9. April 7, 2010 11:15 am

    I haven’t heard of a nocebo before. It’s a good word but the concept is a little frightening.

    My new words are HERE.

  10. April 7, 2010 12:53 pm

    Never heard of nocebo, but I like that it sounds like placebo.

  11. April 7, 2010 12:59 pm

    Great words Kathy…I think I could actually use jape and guerdon.

  12. April 7, 2010 1:07 pm

    I will so have to use jape next week at school!!!

  13. April 7, 2010 1:59 pm

    I will not be posting WWW today, but I will be adding your word to my list. Jape is great–it sounds like its meaning. And of course, nocebo is related to placebo. Wonderful choices. 🙂

  14. April 7, 2010 3:04 pm

    I’ve heard of placebo, but not nocebo or any of your other words. Great work!

    Here are my words…

  15. April 7, 2010 3:37 pm

    I didn’t know any of these this week. So much fun to see which words you run into!

  16. April 7, 2010 3:46 pm

    All new to me this week. I love your WW posts; they’re an education 😀

  17. April 7, 2010 3:49 pm

    All 3 are new to me.

    I have none this week.

  18. April 8, 2010 1:35 am

    Three new ones for me. I’ve played along this week for the first time. “South of Broad” gave me so many words I could use!

  19. April 25, 2010 5:58 am

    I didn’t know there’s “nocebo” until now…

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