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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 28, 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 first word today comes from a conversation I had with our nephew, Adam.

1. civil twilight – Adam told me he got up early every morning when he was in Ghent, Belgium to take pictures at civil twilight.

According to wikipedia, civil twilight is the brightest phase of twilight.


My next two words this week come from my Word-a-Day calendar.

2. spoony – “It was Valentine’s Day, and spoony couples were enjoying romantic candlelit dinners at the city’s many fine restaurants.”

I love this word!  Spoony means sentimentally in love.


3. hoick – “When she noticed that her toddler’s nose was running, Stacy quickly hoicked a tissue out of her purse.”

Hoick means to move or pull abruptly: yank.


Have you come across any new words lately?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2011 4:59 am

    I’ve never heard the term civil twilight, but am pleased that I took a walk during civil twilight, just this evening! It’s funny but I’ve never thought to use twilight to apply to the dawn.

  2. September 28, 2011 6:09 am

    I’d never heard the term civil twilight either. I wonder, is it a photographer’s technicality? Or why civil, anyway?

  3. September 28, 2011 6:24 am

    I love that you used spoony this week. I just read HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – the 5th book in the Mother Daughter book club series, and they always use the word spoony in reference to the Betsy-Tacy books. What great timing.

  4. September 28, 2011 7:15 am

    I did not know it was called that, but civil twilight is a great time to take photographs!

  5. September 28, 2011 9:00 am

    For once I knew all the words!

  6. September 28, 2011 9:13 am

    Great words!

  7. September 28, 2011 9:17 am

    Hoick is fun! Thanks for sharing!

  8. September 28, 2011 9:46 am

    I love these words, and have never come across them before! I think Hoick is a very interesting word as well! Great choices today, Kathy!

  9. September 28, 2011 9:49 am

    When my husband and I were first dating one of his older relatives referred to us as a spooning couple. We were told it meant more than just dating. I think they used the words “lovey-dovey.” I like your nephew’s term. I’ll have to try to see that.

  10. September 28, 2011 10:17 am

    Really interesting words today, Kathy! I’ve never heard hoick or civil twilight…the latter has me very cusious about where it came from. I like hoick’s meaning, it works. I am sure your nephew has some amazing photos.

    Spoony sounds like it came from spooning which I’ve been hearing for a long tme!

  11. September 28, 2011 11:04 am

    I love civil twilight! But I’m not sure I get it. I’m assuming the “brightest” part of twilight is right when it starts, before it gets darker?

  12. September 28, 2011 11:39 am

    What a great set of words. And all so useable.

  13. September 28, 2011 11:55 am

    Love the word spoony.

  14. September 28, 2011 12:02 pm

    I love all three words especially hoick. It fits its description perfectly.

  15. September 28, 2011 12:49 pm

    Those are all good words. I’ve never heard of civil twilight either but I like the sounds of it. Spoony is a great word although I can’t imagine using hoick instead of yank. lol.

  16. September 28, 2011 1:24 pm

    I like spoony and wonder why spoony (a spoon ?) is sentimental !

  17. September 28, 2011 2:06 pm

    All of these terms are new to me! I am pretty good at hoicking money out of my husbands hand! lol

  18. September 28, 2011 3:43 pm

    New to me again 🙂

  19. September 28, 2011 10:44 pm

    Nice! I hadn’t heard of any of these. Hoick just seems like a fun way to say.

  20. October 3, 2011 8:33 pm

    interesting new words – my brain grows – thank you Kathy 🙂

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