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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 14, 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!  Still  no new words from my reading, so I relied on my Word-a-Day calendar again.  I chose these words because they’re all words I might’ve thought were misspelled if I’d encountered them in my reading.

1. lickerish – “”Fiend!” cried the undaunted maiden, slapping the face of her lickerish captor.”

Lickerish is an adjective that can mean greedy or desirous.  In this case, it means lecherous.  Call me juvenile, but this word makes me laugh.

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2. cadge – “When Mike tried to cadge some French fries from her plate, Paula told him to order his own.”

Cadge is a verb that means to beg or sponge.

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3. kenning – “”For homework, create five of your very own kennings referring to the sea,” instructed Mrs. Fancher just as the bell rang.”

Kenning is a noun that means a metaphorical compound word or phrase.  As far as I can tell, they aren’t commonly used in English.

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Have you come across any new words lately?

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 7:50 am

    Kenning is interesting — I think I would need some examples. And lickerish is a very funny word!

  2. December 14, 2011 7:50 am

    I like “cadge.” Can you imagine using that word in a MacDonalds??? Ought to try it. Just to get people to look up. Always love your words. They’re always new to me.

  3. December 14, 2011 8:05 am

    Nope, never heard those either before 🙂

  4. December 14, 2011 8:06 am

    I wonder if the candy — licorice — is related to your word?

  5. December 14, 2011 8:08 am

    I would laugh at lickerish too if I heard someone use it!

  6. December 14, 2011 8:34 am

    Wow — I had no idea about any of these.

  7. December 14, 2011 8:35 am

    I think I’d be really confused if someone called me lickerish: “What? I’m rope candy? What are you talking about?” lol!

  8. December 14, 2011 8:39 am

    Lickerish is an interesting word.

  9. December 14, 2011 9:13 am

    All three of these words are new to me — it’s so funny how vast the English language is! I’m especially find of “lickerish” and “kenning.”

  10. December 14, 2011 9:34 am

    I love lickerish too! I have never heard that word before, so thanks for exposing me to something new!

  11. December 14, 2011 9:42 am

    All new to me words. Lickerish makes me laugh too!

  12. December 14, 2011 9:47 am

    Kennings is definitely an archaic term but sometimes those are just the right ones!

  13. December 14, 2011 9:47 am

    But I love licorice! 😛
    I always learn something on Wednesdays; such a good feeling.

  14. December 14, 2011 9:54 am

    I suspect that cadge may be British in origin as I think it’s quite well known in Australia too- at least for me. Most often used for cigarettes I think “can I cadge a smoke off you?”. I didn’t know either of the others, and think I’m still confused by kenning.

  15. December 14, 2011 10:23 am

    I can’t imagine what “kennings” are in French !

  16. kaye permalink
    December 14, 2011 10:32 am

    Lickerish? I thought it might be another form of licorice. Guess not.

  17. December 14, 2011 11:26 am

    Lickerish is hilarious. I was expecting someone with a tendency to lick. 😀

  18. December 14, 2011 11:45 am

    I’m always cadgeing french fries. lol

  19. December 14, 2011 12:36 pm

    I loved the juxtaposition of “lickerish” and “fiend” – it made me think “licorice fiend” and that made me laugh. 🙂

    I like the idea of kenning. I wonder if that’s what James Joyce was doing with some of his made up words in Ulysses (which of course I gave up on before getting very far, in part because of all those made up words).

  20. December 14, 2011 1:45 pm

    All new to me, but cadge is one I can definitely see being able to use.

  21. December 14, 2011 2:17 pm

    LOL … then I’m juvenile too, because lickerish made me smile.

  22. December 14, 2011 2:55 pm

    all new words for me.. and i am sure i would love using lickerish!! made me smile too

  23. December 14, 2011 3:39 pm

    Lickerish makes me laugh, too!

  24. December 14, 2011 3:47 pm

    very interesting words, I like cadge and lickerish

  25. December 14, 2011 4:44 pm

    Lickerish (licorice) is an excellent, new-to-me word!

  26. December 14, 2011 7:54 pm

    No, you’re not the only one who finds “lickerish” giggle-worthy. Perhaps we’re both regressing. 🙂

  27. December 14, 2011 8:23 pm

    Wow, those are good choices. And lickerish makes me laugh too!

  28. December 15, 2011 9:55 pm

    I love the word cadge. I know a few people I can describe as being lickerish. 😉

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