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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 9, 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! All of my words this week come from my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. titivate – “Work could undoubtedly be done on the show to titivate it for Broadway — but the score will remain a problem if not a liability.” – – Clive Barnes, New York Post, August 13, 2000

Titivate is a verb that means to make or become smart or spruce.  It often refers to making small additions or alterations in attire and can be used figuratively.  I need someone to titivate me!


2. rutilant – “The rutilant tint that infused our living from came from the Christmas lights on the neighbor’s lawn.”

Rutilant is an adjective that means having a reddish glow.


3. probity – “The tale of young George Washington’s refusal to tell a lie after cutting down his father’s cherry tree is often told to grade schoolers in order to illustrate his probity.”

Probity is a noun that means adherence to the highest principles and ideals: uprightness.


Have you come across any new words lately?

27 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2011 4:37 am

    Nope, never head those before either 🙂

  2. November 9, 2011 4:44 am

    Good ones! Never heard “rutilant” before. Interesting – sort of similar to “ruddy” I guess.

  3. November 9, 2011 4:50 am

    “Probity” I already had. Forgive me for being juvenile, but before you told me their meanings, the other two just sounded positively indecent! 🙂

  4. November 9, 2011 6:29 am

    After reading the definitions, I feel like I should have recognized all three, but in truth I only understand rutilant. Thanks for sharing!

  5. November 9, 2011 7:04 am

    Great words! Now to just remember them!

  6. November 9, 2011 8:41 am

    Love titivate, but I agree with JNCL – sounds dirty! Great words today!

  7. November 9, 2011 8:44 am

    Rutilant doesn’t sound very Christmasy! LOL

  8. November 9, 2011 8:44 am

    I like the last one.

  9. November 9, 2011 9:15 am

    I did know probity. I love titivate- perhaps because it’s so near titillate?

  10. November 9, 2011 10:01 am

    Interesting words. You stumped me with titivate!

  11. November 9, 2011 10:54 am

    I liked the third one, and the reference to George Washington

  12. November 9, 2011 11:13 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Titivate is a word that is used quite extensively here in the UK, but always seems to make youngsters laugh!

    The only word that I haven’t come across before, is ‘Rutilant’. I still think that ‘Ruddy’ is a much more appropriate word though, ‘Rutilant’ somehow reminds me of ‘Rutting’ animals, which isn’t good!

  13. November 9, 2011 11:35 am

    Tititave is so funny ! I like it. Thanks !

  14. November 9, 2011 12:08 pm

    I knew I recognized probity from somewhere, but had to google it to figure it out. I recalled “probity probe,” which also sounds dirty, but is from Harry Potter.

  15. Eibhlin permalink
    November 9, 2011 12:14 pm

    This meme seems like a great idea! So often when I read I come across a word I don’t know, or am not really sure of, but I don’t bother to stop and check it out. Writing it up once a week – and knowing that others are doing the same – would certainly incentivise me to check the dictionary more often. I’ll keep my eyes open this week see what I come up with for next Wednesday.

    My mother and grandmother used to use “titivate herself” to mean a woman putting on make-up.

  16. November 9, 2011 12:53 pm

    Your calendar gave you some great words this week. I’d like to see probity used more often, and I wouldn’t mind a little titivation myself.

  17. November 9, 2011 1:29 pm

    I love the word titivate, and need to try to use that one in a sentence! Great words today!

  18. November 9, 2011 2:15 pm

    All new to me, but I might be able to remember rutilant. I like that one.

  19. November 9, 2011 2:35 pm

    Useful words here! I will try to use them soon.

  20. November 9, 2011 5:17 pm

    These are all great words and new to me. I like the sound of titivate.

  21. November 9, 2011 6:32 pm

    I feel so language challenged today… I have never heard any of those before.

  22. November 9, 2011 6:35 pm

    Excellent words!! 😀

  23. November 10, 2011 5:25 am

    You always do such a great job of expanding my vocabulary!

  24. November 10, 2011 7:09 am

    I like Probity.

  25. November 10, 2011 11:30 am

    All new words for me! These words definitely titivated my vocabulary (not sure if this is a right usage though!) I have my words up (this is the last time the words are from Cutting for Stone. I know I thought I will stop last week but I posted my review for the book and could not resist!)

  26. November 10, 2011 6:23 pm

    I cannot tell a lie: I could also use someone to titivate me as well! 🙂

  27. November 11, 2011 2:24 pm

    Titivate is an interesting word that doesn’t mean anything close to what I expected. I honestly thought it had something to do with sex, prostitutionor pornography! Nice, right?! To me it has a provocative kind of feel. Oy! I should probably stay away from this word!

    Probity I’m familiar with because it and forms of it are used quite a bit in law. I love rutilant! I know exacly what it’s referring to but, until now, never knew what word described that glow was! Thank you!

    Great words, Kathy! Sorry it took me a few days to get here.

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