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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 18, 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 words this week are from Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart.

1. unblenched – “The brigade of amateur firefighters has begun its fight – unblenched paladins armed with buckets and basins of slosh.”

Unblenched means not disconcerted: undaunted.

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2. crepitate – “In most every direction there is the crepitating pop of structure giving way, advertisements in a peel on the smudged faces of the shops, the startling demise of cheap curtains, the shattering of lanterns.”

Crepitate means to crackle.

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Have you come across any new words lately?


38 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2011 5:37 am

    I didn’t know your first word. The second one is close to the French verb crépiter with the same meaning. I enjoy a lot wondrous words !

  2. May 18, 2011 6:30 am

    Beth always teaches me a new word or two!

  3. May 18, 2011 8:00 am

    Well of course..blenched means “To draw back or shy away, as from fear; flinch”..but I didn’t know that either! lol

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 18, 2011 8:16 am

    I don’t recall ever hearing or reading the word “crepitate” … you stumped me again!

  5. May 18, 2011 8:28 am

    Unblenched is new for me, as is paladins! I had to look that up too. Crepitating is familiar to me from the medical term crepitations.

    • May 18, 2011 12:41 pm

      I knew paladins because they’re the mascot of one of our local universities.

  6. May 18, 2011 8:39 am

    Fun new word; crepitate. I thought it would mean something like creepy. 😉

  7. May 18, 2011 8:44 am

    Ooh I love crepitate! Thanks for sharing!

  8. May 18, 2011 8:46 am

    These were both completely new to me, Kathy! Sounds like the first is “blanch?”

  9. May 18, 2011 8:50 am

    Crepitate does not mean what I thought it meant. but now that I am armed with the right definition, I can use it properly. Thanks!

  10. May 18, 2011 9:09 am

    I’m trying to move. Both of your words are new to me. My url looks awfully strange. I’ll have to figure it out.

  11. May 18, 2011 9:17 am

    I don’t remember those from Dangerous Neighbors! LOL

  12. May 18, 2011 9:27 am

    I’m thinking crepitate is related to decrepit …

  13. May 18, 2011 9:48 am

    Interesting! I have never hear unblenched, but I thought it was going to be something like unblanched.

    My words are here.

  14. May 18, 2011 10:25 am

    Unblenched just doesn’t sound right to me. I will have to be unblenched in my approach to using it more often.

  15. May 18, 2011 10:54 am

    I like unblenched. It’s meaning seems to fit the word.

  16. May 18, 2011 11:01 am

    Both are new to me to, but I agree that the first does remind me of decrepit.

  17. May 18, 2011 11:33 am

    O I like the second one.

  18. May 18, 2011 11:59 am

    I have heard of the first word, but not the second one, thanks for sharing.

  19. May 18, 2011 12:21 pm

    Crepitate is a wonderfully sounding word, I am jotting it down to make sure I remember it! I have heard/read unblenched before but reminders are always needed and appreciated. Using it in a sentence that connects it with firefighters helps me with remembering it, too!
    Thank you for 2 great words. Now let’s see if I remember them when I read Dangerous Neighbors

  20. May 18, 2011 12:31 pm

    We have an Italian version of crepitate, so I knew that one. Love it, though!

  21. May 18, 2011 12:39 pm

    Both words are new to me. I didn’t know paladins either. I had to look it up.

  22. May 18, 2011 12:41 pm

    For a change, I actually know one of the words 🙂 I have heard the first one.

  23. May 18, 2011 12:47 pm

    I remember having to look up those words! I recently finished Beth’s book Undercover and loved it!

  24. May 18, 2011 1:17 pm

    Crepitate is definite new one for me!

  25. May 18, 2011 1:26 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I didn’t know either of your words, so it was a really interesting post. I love finding out new bits and pieces of information, thanks for sharing and hosting this great meme.

  26. May 18, 2011 1:37 pm

    Crepitate… excellent word. I will now be telling people to listen for the crepitation in my knee joint where the cartilage has worn away (ewwwh, I know). Can’t believe I never heard of this word before.

  27. May 18, 2011 3:14 pm

    Ooh these are great words today!!

  28. May 18, 2011 3:22 pm

    I hope you are enjoying Dangerous Neighbors. I really liked it.

  29. May 18, 2011 3:41 pm

    Ohhhh I like the second 😀

  30. May 18, 2011 5:01 pm

    unblenched… I was so far off at guessing what it meant. I laughed since I equated to being bleached and unbleached to laundry. Don’t ask me how I could have even thought that 😉

  31. May 18, 2011 5:31 pm

    I love those words…although unblenched sounds like something to do with food!!!
    Unblenched milk…unblenched flour…unblenched almonds?

    Just jesting…

  32. May 18, 2011 5:34 pm

    Excellent words, both new to me! 🙂

  33. May 18, 2011 7:37 pm

    Well those didn’t mean what I would have guessed! 🙂

  34. May 18, 2011 8:00 pm

    crepitate sounds so weird to say!

  35. May 18, 2011 10:32 pm

    Both new to me! I didn’t know paladins, either, so that’s three new words. Thanks!

  36. May 18, 2011 11:28 pm

    Interesting! Unblenched is new to me, although I’ve heard “blench” before. And I always thought crepitate had something to do with getting old!

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