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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 23, 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!

All of my words this week come from Irish Lace by Andrew M. Greeley.

1. amadon – “The frigging amadaon was determined to pick a fight with me.”

Amadon means idiot.


2. a fortiori– “My argument against marrying her now applies to trying to bed her now and a fortiori.”

According to this site, a fortiori means for a still stronger reason; even more certain.


3. gossoons– “I miss the lakes and the bays and the painted houses and the whitewashed stone fences and the funny little donkey carts and the narrow roads and the old men and the old women and the gossoons playing soccer in the fields and even the tour buses that come by for teas.”

According to this site, a gossoon is a boy, especially a servant boy.


Have you come across any new words lately?

35 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 4:18 am

    I hadn’t heard a single one of them before!

  2. March 23, 2011 4:38 am

    I like amadon, …. because when you are a stranger you never know “the bad words ” !
    In French we use “a fortiori” with the same meaning.
    Have a good week, Kathy !

  3. March 23, 2011 6:12 am

    Noticed your new header. I really like it. I like it much better than the last one. Very pretty.

    I like all your words too. That’s odd. I don’t usual take to all the words. These words are all new to me and fun too. I like the spelling of fortiori. Never, never heard of amadon. Plus, I never would have guessed that a gossoon is a servant boy. I think this one is hard to spell. I would mix up the esses and o’s.

  4. March 23, 2011 6:30 am

    Well on the plus side, you learned three new words! LOL!

  5. kaye permalink
    March 23, 2011 7:05 am

    I like fortiori – that’s a good one! Amadon – ahhh, yet another adjective for my ex- son-in-law!

  6. March 23, 2011 7:45 am

    The Irish have a wonderful ability with English don’t they? I’m reading a Roddy Doyle book with my son, and he uses the fabulous eejit quite a lot. I won’t get to doing a post this week, have been too busy working and not had enough time reading and finding new words 😦

  7. March 23, 2011 9:00 am

    amadon…now there is a word I can actually use!

  8. March 23, 2011 9:17 am

    I haven’t heard of a single one of them. Where they from one book? Thanks.

  9. March 23, 2011 9:17 am

    I like all these words today, and for some reason, I think they all sound very foreign to me, like French or something.

  10. March 23, 2011 9:53 am

    I agree with Tea – your new header is beautiful. Love it.

  11. March 23, 2011 9:56 am

    The first and last were new ones to me. I see that they come from Irish Lace, and I’m wondering if they words used exclusively in Ireland…
    I also like the new header 🙂

  12. March 23, 2011 9:59 am

    Never heard any of these. Shall try to remember amadon. It seems like a useful word to know.

  13. March 23, 2011 10:03 am

    Always good to have new words for idiots! :–)

  14. March 23, 2011 10:09 am

    A fortiori sounds familiar to me, for some reason, but I don’t think I could have placed it. The others are certainly fun! 😀

  15. March 23, 2011 11:08 am

    Love the word amadon and will be sure to use it. It’s always good to have a word for idiot that nobody will know. Lol.

  16. March 23, 2011 11:20 am

    Great words. I can’t wait to use amadon.

  17. Barbara permalink
    March 23, 2011 11:25 am

    My mother’s philosopy of life for her children was “Don’t be an amadon!” Although the way she pronounced it was amathon. It’s guided me steadfastly!

  18. March 23, 2011 11:41 am

    Fabulous words — all new to me!

  19. March 23, 2011 11:49 am

    One of the things I love about playing this Wondrous Words game is that from just a few new words I can get a good feel for the flavor of a novel. I certainly get the good feeling of Ireland in your three words.

  20. March 23, 2011 11:58 am

    I knew a fortiori, but cannot really place it in your context.
    And I completely agree with Margot!

  21. March 23, 2011 12:01 pm

    Well, they’re all new to me, too. I like amadon, I’m sure I’ll find a use for it.:}
    I’ll add my vote for loving the new header. Great choice.

  22. March 23, 2011 12:44 pm

    All new to me! Great words and I love the tiny trip to Ireland that they gave me.

  23. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 23, 2011 1:21 pm

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t recognize any of them! Great words, Kathy.

  24. March 23, 2011 1:38 pm

    Oh no, back to knowing none of those strange words

  25. March 23, 2011 2:31 pm

    I ❤, as you may know!
    Terrific words, although I think I'll stick with saying "idiot" (on those rare occasions when I feel the need).

  26. March 23, 2011 3:14 pm

    Amadon could come in handy. 😀

  27. March 23, 2011 3:59 pm

    I love the last word. I desperately need a chance to use it now.

  28. March 23, 2011 4:55 pm

    I am actually more interested in the word frigging…hee hee hee…

  29. March 23, 2011 4:56 pm

    I’ve met many amadons in my life 😉

  30. March 23, 2011 5:22 pm

    I love “gossoons” – sounds like something Tolkien might have come up with. I really should read something by Andrew Greeley one of these days.

  31. March 23, 2011 6:11 pm

    I am astounded that my very well read 17 year old son has never called me an amadon. Not that he has a teenage bad attitude or anything:)

  32. March 23, 2011 6:18 pm

    Excellent words as usual! XOX

  33. March 24, 2011 6:36 am

    I like the sound of amadon 😀 Thanks for teaching us new words!

  34. March 24, 2011 7:55 am

    I know a lot of amadons!! Great word to use and pretty much no one will know what I’m talking about if I use it! 😀

  35. March 24, 2011 7:56 pm

    All new words to me. I could certainly work “amadons” into my daily speech at work….

    Late to the party….but I’m probably going to be running behind until after April 9th.

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