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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 7, 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!  I obviously need to read some more difficult books because I had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar again this week.

1. bolide – “Though no more than a foot in diameter, the bolide offered a spectacular light show as it streaked across the sky.”

Bolide is a noun that means a large meteor: fireball; especially: one that explodes.


2. slumgullion – “One night a week, the enlisted men and women could expect to be served a slumgullion made from the leftovers of past meals.”

Slumgullion is a noun that means meat stew.


3. poetaster – “The bitter nominee complained that the winner of the poetry prize was a mere poetaster compared to himself.”

Poetaster is a noun that means an inferior poet.  If I ever tried my hand at poetry, I feel sure I’d be a poetaster.


Have you come across any new words lately?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2011 5:21 am

    No time for me today, so no post ! But I’m happy to read your words : I’m not sure to like eating slumgullion, but the word is great.

  2. December 7, 2011 6:28 am

    Poetaster is great. I’d definitely be one too!

  3. December 7, 2011 8:08 am

    I don’t think I would like to eat anything called a slumgullion! I love these words today, Kathy! Thanks for sharing them!

  4. kaye permalink
    December 7, 2011 8:59 am

    Slumgullion made me think of slugs so I don’t think I would be tasting that. Bolide – now there’s a neat word!

  5. December 7, 2011 9:00 am

    Me too on the poetaster!

  6. December 7, 2011 9:16 am

    Poetaster is a fabulous word! Sort of sounds like someone who eats potatoes. lol!

  7. December 7, 2011 9:31 am

    HAH I must use that… what was it… slumgullion for the next time I make stew. Actually… I doubt I’ll be able to remember!

  8. December 7, 2011 9:43 am

    I guess I am definitely a poetaster! lol Great words Kathy.

  9. December 7, 2011 10:03 am

    Ha – I love poetaster. I’m sure I’d be one too 😛

  10. December 7, 2011 10:40 am

    My godfather referred to his “clean-out-the-fridge” stew as “slumgullion,” so that one wasn’t new to me. But bolide was new. And I love poetaster!

  11. December 7, 2011 10:54 am

    love the words today though not sure if I would like to use slumgullion! All new words for me..

  12. December 7, 2011 11:16 am

    I could go for some slumgullion for supper tonight.

  13. December 7, 2011 11:48 am

    I’ve been saying the same thing, Kathy. I need to be reading books that are a tad more challenging. But I do love my word-a-day calendar.

  14. December 7, 2011 12:01 pm

    I heart #2. I want the recipe for it actually.

  15. December 7, 2011 1:57 pm

    Lol, I like the 2nd one 😀

  16. December 7, 2011 2:05 pm

    I wish a fiery bolide would fly by my window!

    Great words, Kathy!

  17. December 7, 2011 2:10 pm

    🙂 I will try to remember to use these words: bolide, slumgullion, and poetaster. Slumgullion sounds like its definition! 🙂

  18. December 7, 2011 2:10 pm

    I love the word slumgullion but the definition wasn’t what I really expected for the word. Lol.

  19. December 7, 2011 2:19 pm

    I luv all your words. They’re fun words. I definitely won’t have any slumgullion although we eat slumgullion all the time. Really, really good words…..I might recognize them in another book or…….

  20. December 7, 2011 2:47 pm

    These are some interesting words….there really is at least one word for everything, I guess. Poetaster? It seems a strange word to me, a fuuny one too!

    I’ve heard/read slumgullion before, it’s doesn’t sound very appetizing!

  21. December 7, 2011 2:49 pm

    All new to me. I don’t actually like poetaster, but it does seem to fit well in that sentence.

  22. December 7, 2011 4:15 pm

    I would love to bolide someone upside their head…and I am not a violent person at all…

  23. December 7, 2011 4:18 pm

    Am I the only one who feels there’s a certain Seussical quality about each of these words? 😀

  24. December 8, 2011 7:06 am

    I just love slumgullion! I’m going to try and use it, although it is summer here, and not typical slumgullion weather. It has been a rather cool start to summer, perhaps I could make some slumgullion on the weekend. I think my sister’s “brown slop in a bowl” from her student days would qualify as slumgullion. I have been finding some great words recently, but been too busy to get the post organised. Maybe next week for me?

  25. December 8, 2011 7:08 pm

    I’m definitely a poetaster! And I like slumgullion.. it has a nice nasty sound to it.

  26. December 8, 2011 8:03 pm

    Slumgullion??? I so must use this one on the lunch ladies at school 😀

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