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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 29, 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! Both of my words this week come from my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. auctorial – “The capacity to tell a plain tale is the greatest of the auctorial gifts .” – – Anthony Burgess, Homage to QWERT YUIOP

Auctorial is an adjective that means of or relating to an author.


2. feuilleton – “The magazine’s last issue includes feuilletons from famous writers on the subject of their mothers’ role in their success.”

In this case, a feuilleton is a short literary composition often having a familiar tone and reminiscent content.


Have you come across any new words lately?

27 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2011 4:06 am

    Auctorial – I like the word . And I think I might even remember it.
    Thanks, Kathy!

  2. June 29, 2011 6:26 am

    Huh, never knew 🙂

  3. June 29, 2011 6:35 am

    I don’t know this meaning for “feuilleton” ! For me it was just a novel cut in parts, each part being published in a newspaper day after day ! Thanks

  4. June 29, 2011 8:22 am

    Interesting. I would consider Hemmingway as possessing a great auctorial gift as he could weave a compelling story in a very straightforward fashion.

  5. June 29, 2011 9:27 am

    When I was in college, feuilleton was a very popular word, or subject in English lit anyway, but I think it faded out because NObody could pronounce it correctly! :–)

  6. June 29, 2011 9:33 am

    feuilleton sounds like something dirty! I didn’t have any clue that these two words even existed, so thanks for sharing them with us!

  7. June 29, 2011 9:36 am

    Both are new to me!

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 29, 2011 9:49 am

    You stumped me with feuilleton!

  9. June 29, 2011 10:03 am

    Two interesting words, that are both new to me.

  10. June 29, 2011 10:12 am

    Great words today! Thanks for sharing.

  11. June 29, 2011 10:39 am

    Both new to me. I would never have guessed auctorial. I like that they are both so literary and yet not words I knew.

  12. June 29, 2011 11:22 am

    Two new great words, thanks!

  13. June 29, 2011 12:33 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I have to admit that I have never come across either of those words. I particularly like the sound of ‘auctorial’ and love the idea of ‘A Word A Day’ calendar.

    My thanks as usual for hosting and allowing me to share my new words.

  14. June 29, 2011 12:58 pm

    Good choice of words, as usual! I knew feuilleton, but not in this sense.

  15. kaye permalink
    June 29, 2011 2:06 pm

    Don’t think I’ve ever even seen these words before never mind knowing what they mean. Thanks for sharing!

  16. June 29, 2011 2:33 pm

    I’ve come to realize that there are no words that I know from this calendar.

  17. June 29, 2011 2:38 pm

    I like the second word the best. Both words are new to me. Can’t imagine how to pronounce that second word. Can’t believe it. Started a new book with Wondrous Words. Hot dog! Two words found so far in this book.

  18. June 29, 2011 4:23 pm

    Two new words for me to add to my vocabulary. 🙂

  19. June 29, 2011 4:25 pm

    I haven’t heard of either of those words before! 🙂

  20. June 29, 2011 7:37 pm

    I also had not heard of either of these words.

  21. June 29, 2011 9:46 pm

    More new words for me… I can’t even pronounce the second one.

  22. June 30, 2011 2:05 am

    Excellent words this week, Kathy, both new to me! 🙂

  23. June 30, 2011 8:15 am

    Wow, I think this is the very first time I’ve actually known all your words! Although I never have been able to pronounce “feuilleton” – I’ll have to look that one up.

  24. June 30, 2011 12:37 pm

    Great words! I’d never heard of either of ’em.

  25. June 30, 2011 12:39 pm

    Those are both new to me! 🙂

  26. July 1, 2011 5:16 am

    “feuilleton” is very francais 🙂 Love Wondrous Wednesday for the discovery of new words to add to my brain – as slow as it may be … I love feeling my brain tick 😉

  27. July 1, 2011 8:31 pm

    These are words I’ve never heard of!! 😀

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