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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.


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.


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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