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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 29, 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. crapulous– “Most of the guests were still crapulous form the previous night’s bacchic revelry.”

Crapulous is derived from the Latin word crapula, which means intoxication and in this case, crapulous means sick from excessive indulgence in liquor.  This word fits its meaning very well, if you ask me.


2. saltation – “Tanzanians staged traditional dances like frisk dancing, folk saltation and fire dancing, initiating the city relay.”

Saltation has several meanings, but in this case, it means a jump.


3. litotes– “I’m not unfamiliar with the reasons for their separation,” Keith told Liz, knowing full well that she would see through the litotes and start questioning him.”

Litote is a noun that means an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative or the contrary, for example, calling a job well done “not bad.”


Have you come across any new words lately?

36 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2010 5:10 am

    It is the first time I have encountered this meme but it is really fun! I just learnt three now words 🙂 Thanks

  2. September 29, 2010 5:45 am

    I love crapulous! I have been known to use craptacular on occasion, and from now on I am going to tell people it comes from the Latin.

    My words – and there are a bunch of them – are here.

  3. givingreadingachance permalink
    September 29, 2010 6:13 am

    I have tons of words I don’t know in my current read – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie!
    All i do is hit define: x on google all the time 🙂

    Litotes is definitely interesting!

  4. September 29, 2010 6:14 am

    I like ‘Litotes’, it’s a clever little word.

    My Wondrous Words are here:

    I really enjoyed collecting them. I have a whole bunch more but I’m saving those for next week.

  5. September 29, 2010 7:13 am

    Never heard “saltation” before. So now I’ve got another new word – excellent! Sounds like it should mean something completely different, though.

  6. September 29, 2010 7:35 am

    Crapulous is perfect!

  7. September 29, 2010 8:33 am

    I admit, when I hear the word crapulous, I think of something completely different!

  8. September 29, 2010 8:36 am

    Great new words. Always enjoy your Wondrous Words Wednesday.

    Thoughts in Progress

  9. September 29, 2010 8:42 am

    I love crapulous. That’s one I’m going to try to remember and sprinkle into my conversation!

  10. September 29, 2010 9:26 am

    I love crapulous. I’ll need to spring that on my son, you know on those mornings is “crapulous”.

  11. September 29, 2010 9:37 am

    Huh, I always thought we used krapula(with a k) cos it came from Finnish, but it’s Latin, go figure

  12. September 29, 2010 10:17 am

    Oh my goodness — crapulous! Love it!!

  13. September 29, 2010 11:01 am

    I agree crapulous is absolutely perfect for a hangover!

  14. September 29, 2010 11:20 am

    That calendar of yours gives you some really good words. I’ve enjoyed those posts this year.

    My new words are here: Joyfully Retired.

  15. September 29, 2010 11:43 am

    I can’t wait to use this in a sentence.

  16. September 29, 2010 11:46 am

    LOL! I wondered if crapulent also exists and looked it up. It does! Crapulent: sick from gross excess in drinking or eating. UGH!

    The word ‘litote’ is not too awful. 🙂

  17. September 29, 2010 11:56 am

    I’ll have to remember crapulous. It’s one I can actually use.

  18. September 29, 2010 12:49 pm

    Ha! For a moment I thought #1 was “craptaculous” my favorite wordy invention.

  19. September 29, 2010 1:10 pm

    Wow I think I may have used a version of crapulous in jest, but with (ahem) another meaning. Too funny! I look forward to using it in the future.

  20. September 29, 2010 1:46 pm

    crapulous..really. what a perfect word…lol

  21. September 29, 2010 3:13 pm

    You always find the best ever words…I can never think to write them down when I find them…oh well…

  22. September 29, 2010 3:37 pm

    You always have the best words. Crapulous makes me laugh!

  23. September 29, 2010 3:42 pm

    Crapulous is a terrific word. I wonder why we don’t hear more of it.

  24. September 29, 2010 3:43 pm

    I love all three words but crapulous is great!

  25. September 29, 2010 4:47 pm

    More great words…I know none of them.

    Have a great week.

  26. September 29, 2010 4:53 pm

    Oh my gosh–I was just crapulous a couple of weeks ago! That word fits the way I felt perfectly.

  27. September 29, 2010 5:10 pm

    Those are great – all new to me! Crapulous really makes you wonder about word origins and their relations. 🙂

  28. September 29, 2010 8:30 pm

    I like litotes.
    My husband has been known to use the word ‘crapulous’ but I don’t think he knew it was a REAL word.

  29. September 29, 2010 8:30 pm

    I love crapulous!! 😀

  30. September 29, 2010 10:14 pm

    Crapulous definitely “wins,” but the others are pretty cool, too. Thanks!

  31. September 29, 2010 10:16 pm

    Crapulous is now in my vocabulary and I’m planning to use it a lot!

  32. September 29, 2010 11:57 pm

    I have used “craptastic” before. I love the word crapulous!! I could definitely get used to using that one, but I drink so rarely I am not sure I could. I saw that it can also be used in relation to eating too much. Maybe, I can use it next weekend after Thanksgiving dinner!

    My post can be seen here

  33. September 30, 2010 11:43 am

    very cool meme! I will have to keep it in mind as I’m scrambling for my dictionary while reading!

  34. September 30, 2010 1:08 pm

    Oh my, crapulous just made me laugh!!! Thanks for the words Kathy.

  35. September 30, 2010 11:06 pm

    Where has litote been all my life?

  36. October 2, 2010 3:15 pm

    Love crapulous… except I think it should not be just stricken to the state of Bacchus glory… hmmm it should be a statement for books that go awry also… Seems fitting and who knows … a new meaning… excessive indulgence of hubris from author who dared to overly subscribe to wordy “adjectives”.
    Voila… crapulous 🙂

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