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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 11, 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 are from Bossypants by Tina Fey.

1. peyes – “The haircut was cropped close on the sides, fuller on top, with two long Liza Minelli-esque wisps that hung down like peyes.”

From what I can tell, peyes is a variation of payot which, according to wiktionary, means curly sideburns worn by Jewish men.


2. carrageenan – “They have endless time to fill, but viewers get kind of “bummed out” if they supply actual information about wars and stuff, so “Media Portrayal of Sarah Palin” on SNL and I became the carrageenan in America’s news nuggets for several weeks.”

Carrageenan is a colloid extracted from various red algae and used as a stabilizing or thickening agent.


Have you come across any new words lately?

27 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen B permalink
    May 11, 2011 6:54 am

    No words – but nice picture of you on Jen’s Book Thoughts blog today!

  2. May 11, 2011 7:38 am

    Hey, I’m first! 🙂 Nice words you have here (but I’m not sure I get the meaning of the second phrase, even after reading the definition of carrageenan)

    • May 11, 2011 7:46 am

      She was referring to the fact that her portrayal of Sarah Palin on SNL was picked up by major news outlets and I think she was implying that it was what “stabilized” the news for a few weeks.

  3. May 11, 2011 7:44 am

    I love your find. If I remember correctly, “peyes” is an alternative pronunication, like “shabbos” and “shabbot.”

    This is my first Wondrous Word Wednesday contribution. Thanks for hosting!

  4. May 11, 2011 7:59 am

    Love both the words, especially the second one! Thank You!

  5. May 11, 2011 8:33 am

    What fun that she used carageenan that way!

  6. May 11, 2011 8:52 am

    Great big words from Ms. Bossypants herself!

  7. May 11, 2011 9:28 am

    I knew peyes because my husband is Jewish (though not very-I’ll have to tell the story of finding a Rabbi for our wedding one day). I, so, can’t wait to read this book.

  8. May 11, 2011 9:32 am

    It’s never to late to learn something new. I’m just glad I don’t have to use these words in a sentence.

  9. May 11, 2011 9:57 am

    Great words today!

  10. May 11, 2011 10:22 am

    Those are both new to me! I never thought about the Jewish locks of hair having a special name….

    Now I’m off to see your picture. 🙂

  11. May 11, 2011 10:29 am

    Peyes… it pays to cut off the peyes 😉

  12. May 11, 2011 10:44 am

    Both are new words to me. And that’s a great picture at Jen’s Book Thoughts.

  13. May 11, 2011 11:05 am

    I’m familiar with peyes, an interesting word. I really like the way Tina Fey used carrageenan, pretty cool. I think the media is so odd, the things they report but I think Tina Fey is hilarious & like hearing about her!

  14. May 11, 2011 11:15 am

    I’m looking forward to what you think of Bossypants. I must say I didn’t expect these two new words. I should have as Tina Fey is one very smart woman. I like the way she just through in carrageenan in there.

  15. May 11, 2011 11:53 am

    Carrageenan is not a new word for me, but I admit to never having heard it used in that way before!

  16. May 11, 2011 12:38 pm

    Interesting words, great choices.

  17. May 11, 2011 1:28 pm

    As you can think, these two words are new to me ! Thanks !

  18. May 11, 2011 2:55 pm

    I haven’t heard either of those words. I feel so… uninformed… this week!

  19. May 11, 2011 3:43 pm

    Nice new words 😀

  20. May 11, 2011 5:23 pm

    Those are interesting words. I never knew what to call those sideburns were called. Her use of the second word was interesting all by itself. 🙂

  21. May 11, 2011 6:32 pm

    Carrageenan is really a word?!? When I saw it in context with SNL, I figured it was, well, creative license.

    I’m not sure I’ll use that one any time soon!

  22. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 11, 2011 7:11 pm

    I must pull the paper bag over my head, I didn’t know either one! Great words, Kathy!

  23. May 12, 2011 12:33 am

    Those are great words! I’m sad that I didn’t have any to add this week. (And I can’t wait to try out the Linky!)

  24. May 12, 2011 1:13 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Both of those are new words to me, but great ones to pronounce and even more spectacular in their definition.

    I haven’t come across this meme before, but have now bookmarked it, as I have come across a great word in my current read, that I can share with everyone next week.

    See you later.

  25. May 12, 2011 10:02 am

    Carageenan is a word I come across often when reading food labels, but I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant. Thanks for the clarification.

  26. May 14, 2011 10:39 am

    Peyes? How interesting. I had no idea.

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