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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 30, 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.  I picked these words because I think they’re all fun to say.

1. williwaw – “All the new crew members had heard stories of ships capsized by the williwaws that plagued the strait.”

In this case, a williwaw is a sudden violent gust of cold land air common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes.  It can also mean a violent commotion, and I think I can use it with that meaning.

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2. skimble-skamble – “Halfway through the Broadway show I decided that I should stop trying to keep up with the skimble-skamble plot and just enjoy the musical performances.”

Skimble-skamble means rambling and confused: senseless.

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3. callithump – “The town has enlisted one of Hollywood’s most famous leading men to serve as grand marshal for this year’s Memorial Day callithump.”

A callithump is a noisy boisterous band or parade.

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Have you come across any new words lately?

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2011 5:48 am

    These three sound… funny to say! But I don’t think I’ll be using any of them soon 🙂

  2. November 30, 2011 6:02 am

    LOVE 2

  3. November 30, 2011 6:27 am

    I think I could figure those out with the context of the sentence but I’m not sure I would have known their meanings otherwise.

  4. November 30, 2011 7:02 am

    Great words. I don’t think I’ve come across them yet.

  5. kaye permalink
    November 30, 2011 7:07 am

    Never heard any of these but I really like williwaw.

  6. November 30, 2011 8:46 am

    These words are hilarious! How fun!

  7. November 30, 2011 9:03 am

    All of these sound like made up words, but I can see that they are real! Very creative choice today! I love these words!

  8. November 30, 2011 9:04 am

    Those are totally fun words!

  9. November 30, 2011 10:05 am

    I love your words this week! they are such fun words! Did not post this week but am visiting those who did! Have a great rest of the week.

  10. November 30, 2011 10:39 am

    Funny words ! I like them ! Thanks.

  11. November 30, 2011 11:03 am

    The only one familiar to me is the first, and they are all fun to say.

  12. November 30, 2011 12:04 pm

    I like your three new words. They are fun and ones I think could be used in normal conversation, especiallly skimble-skamble.

  13. November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

    These are fantastic words, Kathy! Totally fun!

    I’ve heard callithump before but I don’t think I could have tols you what it meant out of context. My favorite is williwaw but I like skimble-skamble,too..it sounds like its meaning! I wonder if scramble came before or after this word and either one infuenced the other. Hhhmmm

    I finally remembered, after several weeks of forgetting, to list some words I’ve come across in my reading and posted them on my blog!

  14. November 30, 2011 12:50 pm

    I love the way those sound! Great words.

  15. November 30, 2011 2:58 pm

    HA! The word williwaw made me laugh!

  16. November 30, 2011 3:09 pm

    Even though I live at sea level, I swear the williwaw attacks me on my afternoon walk!

  17. November 30, 2011 4:02 pm

    Lol, good ones 🙂

  18. November 30, 2011 6:15 pm

    What fun words!! I might have to change my favorite word(s) from sippy cup to any/all of those!

  19. November 30, 2011 6:54 pm

    Kathy, you find the best words for this meme! All new to me this week….

  20. November 30, 2011 8:39 pm

    These are my favorite words so far…I need to work them into my conversations…williwaw…I love it…

  21. November 30, 2011 8:51 pm

    callithump sounds like what it is:) and all three are fun words! and new words..

  22. December 1, 2011 1:33 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    All three of your words made me smile. They all suit the context in which they are used, but I can’t imagine myself ever managing to drop one of them casually into the conversation!!

    It seems that all the words can be traced back to British origins … now why doesn’t that surprise me? Only we Brits could call a violent gust of wind a ‘Williwaw’!

    Thanks for hosting and stopping by Fiction Books to comment. Unfortunately I am on an imposed blogging holiday, whilst my site is moved to a new server, so I shall have to catch up on my replies as soon as I am back up and runing.

  23. December 1, 2011 2:13 pm

    All of these words are SO fun to say!!! Think Williwaw is my favorite, though.

  24. December 2, 2011 12:31 pm

    Wow. What 3 wondrous sounding words you found. I do love skimble-skamble. Callithump made me think of eckythump and I always like that!

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