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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 16, 2011

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, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

My first two words this week come Burning Bright by Ron Rash.

1. stob – “He had to get back into the gorge, and quick, but his legs were suddenly stiff and unyielding as iron stobs.”

A stob is a stake or a post.


2. puncheon – “Lily lifted the ball of thread off her lap and placed it on the porch’s puncheon floor, then set the half-finished coverlet on the floor as well.”

Puncheon has a couple different meanings, but in this case it means a split log or heavy slab with the face smoothed.


My third word this week comes from Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum.

3. faloupoo– “Generally speaking, eating is more of an afterthought with Yllis, even on the rare occasion when she isn’t acting faloupoo.”

Faloupoo isn’t in my dictionary, so I went to the internet for help.  According to this site, faloupoo is slang from the 1970’s and means when someone is acting spacy.  This would  make perfect sense, since the book is set in 1976.  I don’t know why I didn’t  know this one, since I graduated from high school in 1975 – I obviously wasn’t with it, even back then!


Have you come across any new words lately?

35 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2011 6:03 am

    I love stob. Has a great sound.

  2. February 16, 2011 6:28 am

    I think it’s cool that Ms. Meldrum used a real 70s slang word considering she is most likely too young to “remember’ it.

  3. February 16, 2011 7:26 am

    Never heard of faloupoo either. Stob kind of fits the meaning, but not the other two. Love learning new words.

  4. kaye permalink
    February 16, 2011 8:33 am

    Faloupoo is a new one on me – must not have been big in New England. Lol!
    Good words again this week, Kathy. Happy reading!

  5. February 16, 2011 8:51 am

    Great words, particularly faloupoo. I love that word! Thanks for sharing these!

  6. February 16, 2011 8:57 am

    I’ve never heard that word in my whole life. It’s small. That makes me like it. I might remember it. It’s a cute word.

  7. February 16, 2011 9:29 am

    I never heard faloupoo – I wonder how you say it? I love that site though it came from!

  8. February 16, 2011 9:58 am

    Such fun words! 70s slang, wow! I got to use a photo of a pretty bird in my words post this week. 🙂

  9. February 16, 2011 11:24 am

    I don’t remember faloupoobut I like it.

  10. February 16, 2011 11:25 am

    All new words to me. Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing, I would never have guessed faloupoo, what a fun word.

  11. February 16, 2011 11:40 am

    I have to say I quite like “puncheon” 😛

  12. February 16, 2011 11:49 am

    I agree with Julie — I was wondering, while I read your post, how she came across it considering how uncommon it is.

  13. February 16, 2011 11:55 am

    These words are all new to me as well. Puncheon sounds like it could be a luncheon where punch is served (sorry, I am a feeling a bit faloupoo this morning). 🙂

  14. February 16, 2011 12:18 pm

    ‘stob’ sounds like what it is, but it’s a kind of ugly word! Puncheon sounds familiar but I wouldn’t have known it’s meaning without looking it up. What’s cool is that I can picture the porch floor!
    I love ‘faloupoo’ ! It sounds like what it means and it’s simply a fantastic word! Thanks for looking it up so carefully! love the site where you found it.

    ~ Amy

  15. February 16, 2011 12:22 pm

    I don’t remember falonpoo either. I guess I’m out of it too.

    I goofed on Mr. Linky and somehow gave my link for Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels. I added my Wondrous Words link so just desregard the first one.

  16. February 16, 2011 12:59 pm

    Weird ones, that is all I have to say, lol

  17. February 16, 2011 1:35 pm

    “Faloupoo” is great! I don’t remember it from the 70s, but it certainly sounds right for the time. Wish I’d known about it back in the day!

  18. February 16, 2011 2:28 pm

    I heart faloupoo! I want to use it every day now.

  19. February 16, 2011 2:30 pm

    You got me on faloupoo … but it makes me laugh just to see it spelled out, let alone pronounce it! LOL

  20. February 16, 2011 3:50 pm

    Missed two of your words. Sorry. I like that second one. All three words are new for me.

  21. February 16, 2011 4:10 pm

    All new ones to me.

  22. February 16, 2011 4:34 pm

    I like the sounds of faloupoo, though I can’t recall ever hearing it — and I did not spend the 70s in a drug-inducde haze, I can assure you. While reading “War” by Sebastian Junger, I learned a lot of Army slang. But the phrase that stays with me is “blood in, blood out” — shorthand for the ritual hazing/beating that soldiers gave each other when they arrived at the Afghanistan outpost or shipped out.

  23. February 16, 2011 4:49 pm

    I love both of those words…and if you weren’t with it in high school…I am quoting you…you are a very with it blogger now!!!

  24. February 16, 2011 6:14 pm

    I have stob legs…. really I do!

  25. February 16, 2011 8:32 pm

    I love this meme! I always learn new things! 🙂

  26. February 16, 2011 8:41 pm

    I knew puncheon was a type of floor, but I didn’t really know what it was — thanks! The other two are new to me!

  27. February 16, 2011 9:06 pm

    Ooh I love stobs! Love love love it!

  28. February 16, 2011 10:07 pm

    Those are all new to me…but faloupoo is my favorite!

  29. February 17, 2011 12:07 am

    Hmmm…..I wonder what slang I missed out on when I was growing up. I don’t think anything like Faloupoo though.

  30. February 17, 2011 7:48 am

    Faloupoo makes me giggle… thanks!

  31. February 17, 2011 10:32 am

    I’m only vaguely familiar with the second one. I’ve never heard of the last one either.

  32. February 17, 2011 2:17 pm

    Funny how words go in and out of vogue. Maybe we can bring faloupoo back?

  33. February 17, 2011 6:56 pm

    Faloupoo has a nice ring to it. I’d like to see how I could apply that to me. LOL

  34. February 17, 2011 8:47 pm

    Love this! What interesting and fun sounding words!

  35. February 17, 2011 9:58 pm

    All 3 are new-to-me words … wonder if I can remember any of them the next time I’m playing Scrabble 🙂

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