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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 4, 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 my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. maunder – “Whenever she told a story, Joyce tended to maunder and end up on a topic far from her original subject.”

I think Joyce and I might be related.  In this case, maunder means to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly.


2. warison – “The soldiers stood alert at their posts, as per their commander’s orders, listening for the warison that would instruct them to advance into enemy territory.”

Warison is a bugle call to attack.


3. kleptocracy – “The de facto president is reputed to have siphoned off millions of dollars for himself and his administration through his kleptocracy.”

Kleptocracy is a noun that means government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed; also: a particular government of this kind.


Have you come across any new words lately?

36 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2011 5:40 am

    I like the word “kleptocracy”, not the fact ! I hope it’ll disappear among the governments !

  2. May 4, 2011 7:16 am

    I’m loving “kleptocracy”!

  3. May 4, 2011 7:42 am

    I agree with others – I love the sound of kleptocracy.
    Thanks for the words!

  4. May 4, 2011 7:48 am

    The first two words both kind of sound like their meaning, to me!

  5. May 4, 2011 9:01 am

    Kleptocracy makes sense since a “kleptomaniac” is someone with the compulsive impulse to steal, and “ocracy” of course is used in all sorts of governing words (i.e. democracy, theocracy, etc.) Put them together and you pretty much get the definition you gave. I’ve never heard the word before though. Thanks for sharing!

  6. May 4, 2011 9:02 am

    I love kleptocracy, too!

  7. May 4, 2011 9:13 am

    Two of your words made my mind fly somewhere else. With warison I thought of that happening with the Navy Seals. Just a little thought. Then, with the kleptocracy, after I read it, I thought of kleptomania. Never heard any of these words. Thanks.

  8. May 4, 2011 10:01 am

    Nice to know I’m not alone in my maundering. Great words, I need to get a word of the day calendar.

  9. May 4, 2011 10:05 am

    I’m a maunderer too. Just never learned to focus.

  10. May 4, 2011 10:13 am

    I love the word maunder, and do it quite frequently!

  11. May 4, 2011 10:30 am

    I tned to launder and maunder at the same time 😉

  12. May 4, 2011 10:31 am

    hmmmm and as you can see I do both terribly and wind up with a typo!

    let’s try that again… I tend to launder and maunder… voila!

  13. May 4, 2011 10:35 am

    I’m also a maunderer. I’ll start out talking, and then forget what my original point was!

  14. May 4, 2011 11:21 am

    I love the word maunder and I love TO maunder. Some people tend to lose patience while listening to a maunderer, however. I also love my word-a-day calendar.

  15. May 4, 2011 11:31 am

    I’m not a maunderer, but I do love the word.
    Kleptocracy was the only one I knew — both the word and the concept, actually 😦

  16. May 4, 2011 11:50 am

    You don’t maunder when it come to your reviews!

  17. May 4, 2011 12:03 pm

    You must be having so much fun with that calender!

  18. May 4, 2011 12:17 pm

    I can relate to the word maunder , thanks for the new word.

  19. May 4, 2011 12:52 pm

    I knew maunder. Warison and kleptocracy are new to me. The only klepto-word I knew was kleptomaniac.

  20. May 4, 2011 1:18 pm

    All new to me. Maunder seems like it could be pretty useful.

  21. May 4, 2011 1:24 pm

    Maunder is one cool word.

  22. May 4, 2011 2:47 pm

    Interesting that the root of kleptocracy is klepto!

  23. May 4, 2011 3:03 pm

    Great wondrous words this week, Kathy! You never maunder here–your communication is always clear and to the point.

  24. May 4, 2011 3:08 pm

    I dare anyone out there to be an ummaunderer…now that is a mouthful of syllables!!!

  25. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 4, 2011 3:16 pm

    Just saying the word kleptocracy out loud makes me laugh!

  26. May 4, 2011 3:31 pm

    Weird weird, loving it 😀

  27. May 4, 2011 5:16 pm

    I maunder all the time. It drives my husband crazy.

  28. May 4, 2011 5:49 pm

    LOL- Joyce and I are related too!

  29. May 4, 2011 5:57 pm

    I wonder if warison is related to beware?

  30. May 4, 2011 7:14 pm

    I thought maunder meant something else..great choices for the week!

  31. May 4, 2011 9:53 pm

    “Maunder.” Yep. That’s what I do…
    Warisons is great & I love the sound of kleptocracy (so apt!).

  32. May 4, 2011 11:16 pm

    Great words this week. I maunder off the subject too (before reading your post, I would probably have said “meandered”!). Every time I see the word kleptocracy, I think of kleptomania 🙂

  33. May 5, 2011 3:08 am

    I like getting to know new words, and I never heard of these before.

  34. May 5, 2011 7:43 am

    I didn’t know maunder – a VERY useful word! It’s similar to meander, which is a physical maundering, I suppose.

  35. May 6, 2011 12:57 am

    All 3 are new words for me. I really like “Kleptocracy”. It has a nice ring to it.

  36. May 6, 2011 8:48 am

    3 great words this week- all new for me too. I like kleptocracy- and sadly think it could apply to many governments around the world. I’m running a bit late with my post this week, but did get there in the end.

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