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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 31, 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!

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. nodus – “The main nodus of the city’s plan to close one of the elementary schools is how to pay for the extra busing required to transport the students out of their districts.”

Nodus is a noun that means a complication or difficulty.


2. luftmensch – “Financiers refused to fund Morton’s research, dismissing it as a product of a visionary luftmensch.”

A luftmensch is an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income.


3. contumely – “Stung by the contumely she had received, Charlotte excused herself and quickly left the room.”

Contumely is a noun that means harsh language or treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt; also: an instance of such language or treatment.


Have you come across any new words lately?

29 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2011 4:07 am

    Great new words for me. Can’t pick a favorite.

  2. August 31, 2011 6:42 am

    I quite like “nodus” – I think I’m going to make a point of using it 😛

  3. August 31, 2011 6:43 am

    All new to me. The meaning of luftmensch is a surprise to me, since mensch means something so totally different.
    Great words 🙂

  4. August 31, 2011 8:34 am

    What great words! Thanks for sharing.

  5. August 31, 2011 8:54 am

    New to me 🙂 But the middle one I could have figured out..sort of. I could translate it, but the meaning not so much

  6. August 31, 2011 8:59 am

    Actually I know two luftmensches that I could name right off the top of my head. I could call them that to their faces and they’d probably say, uh, thank you.

  7. August 31, 2011 9:27 am

    Nodus…good word!

    Don’t like the sound of “contumely” – it sounds like a misused adverb.

    Thanks for the vocab lesson!

  8. August 31, 2011 9:40 am

    I know a few luftmenches. Maybe they are related to scobberlotchers. 🙂

  9. August 31, 2011 9:44 am

    Hah – contumely – clearly you never had to memorize Hamlet’s famous soliloquy in school! :–)

  10. August 31, 2011 10:35 am

    I love your words this week! They sort of roll around on the tongue, and sound very impressive.I have never heard of any of these before!

  11. August 31, 2011 10:52 am

    Great words today Kathy…I think I need a calendar like this!

  12. August 31, 2011 11:19 am

    New words for me also, interesting, thanks! for sharing them.

  13. August 31, 2011 11:27 am

    Oh, nodus is TOTALLY getting used, today. No shortage of uses for it, here!

  14. August 31, 2011 11:29 am

    Really interesting words, Kathy. I have never come across Nodus” and would never have guessed it’s meaning…believe me, I tried! lol
    I’m curious if “Luftmensch” has any connection to Yiddish since “Mensch” is a Yiddish word & well-known. I may look this one up!
    I feel like “Contumely” will haunt me forever & I blame Hamlet which I had to read for a class in high-school and then we had to act it out….contumely just doesn’t feel like it fits into Shakespeare, it doesn’t really flow but it made for some hilarious mistakes when acting out the play!

    Love these Word-of-the-Day Calendars! Thanks Kathy!

  15. August 31, 2011 12:26 pm

    O I really like the third word.

  16. August 31, 2011 12:54 pm

    I did my post from my Word-A-Day calendar too. I’m so glad I got one of those this year. It’s been fun. Sometimes I even know the words!

  17. August 31, 2011 2:19 pm

    All new to me. I like luftmensch. In fact, I think I am one!

  18. August 31, 2011 2:32 pm

    Never heard of any of them 😀 The last one made me think of costumes!

  19. August 31, 2011 2:59 pm

    Love the word contumely. I’m going to have to figure out a way to fit that into conversation.

  20. August 31, 2011 3:37 pm

    luftmensch made me laugh out loud; it sounds silly, like a bread that didn’t rise. LOL!

  21. August 31, 2011 4:02 pm

    All new to me, but I love luftmensch.

  22. August 31, 2011 4:58 pm

    I’ve seen many a nodus plans in my time. Let’s hope that someone clears the way and a lightbulb ah ha moment arrives 😉

  23. August 31, 2011 6:33 pm

    The only one I’d heard/seen before was contumely…although I probably couldn’t have produced a definition out of my head if someone asked me “What does contumely mean?”

    I like nodus.

  24. August 31, 2011 6:41 pm

    I’ve always wanted to be a luftmench when I grow up!

    Here’s my Wordless Wednesday: MOMA Free Friday. Today is the last day to try to win a copy of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares in Readerbuzz’s August Giveaway!

  25. August 31, 2011 10:44 pm

    I didn’t know a single one of these this time.

  26. August 31, 2011 11:45 pm

    I’d love to be able to work luftmensch into a sentence. Although I’m sure it would be met with a bunch of blank looks. I’ve certainly never heard the term before.

  27. September 1, 2011 12:56 am

    Nope, haven’t heard of these words either. I’m amazed at how much of the English language I’m not using!

  28. kaye permalink
    September 1, 2011 8:46 am

    Great words! I’d like to give my luftmensch of a son in law some contumely!

  29. September 1, 2011 9:00 pm

    Kudos to Kaye for using two of your words in one sentence (and I hope she’s only kidding about her son-in-law!)

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