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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 21, 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 finally found some words in a book!  All of my words this week come from We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee.

1. etiolate – “Katherine was getting stronger every day, wielding my French pickax/mattock in her vegetable garden with increasing vigor, and her muscle tone and body mass – – – wasted to its furthest extreme by the chemotherapy so that she went from looking like a catwalk model to an etiolated punk rocker, with her random tufts of hair – – – improved throughout the summer.”

Etiolate has several meanings and, in this case, means to deprive of natural vigor: make feeble.


2. ungulate – “He’s an ungulate, so his feet are quite delicate.”

Ungulate means having hooves.


3. zazen – “Over the years I have developed zazen breathing strategies, and trained myself not to focus on the inevitable sequence of minor ineptitudes that slow the line down and that could be avoided.”

Zazen isn’t in my dictionary, but according to wikipedia it’s a meditative discipline used to calm the mind and body.


Have you come across any new words lately?

25 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2011 4:56 am

    I could do with using zazen right now in the chaos of organising Christmas!

    I just have one word, which is an old use of a word used today with a different meaning.

  2. December 21, 2011 6:28 am

    3 interesting words there. I only knew ungulate. I didn’t know We Bought a Zoo was a book. My son is very keen to see the movie when it comes out.

  3. December 21, 2011 6:41 am

    It’s pretty good when you can beat the dictionary! Zazen was totally new to me — great group of words!

  4. December 21, 2011 8:08 am

    Zazen is a fun word! Thanks for sharing!

  5. kaye permalink
    December 21, 2011 8:24 am

    I like zazen – not too many Z words you can throw in a conversation, unless you’re at the zebra area at the zoo.

  6. December 21, 2011 8:35 am

    These are new to me. Happy reading!

  7. December 21, 2011 8:35 am

    I’d have to practice zazen more carefully ! The two other words look like the two French words “étiolé” et “ongulé”, with the same meaning.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kathy, and thanks for this wonderful meme !

  8. December 21, 2011 8:51 am

    I love zazen, and think that it’s a great word! I wonder if that’s the type of breath we use in yoga? Very cool definitions today!

  9. December 21, 2011 8:56 am

    Isn’t this a movie now? I think I remember thinking I wanted to see it!

  10. December 21, 2011 9:20 am

    You stumped me on all three!

  11. December 21, 2011 9:44 am

    I didn’t know any of those, but that’s not unusual.

  12. December 21, 2011 10:24 am

    Three good ones. I was thinking I knew ungulate but it must be undulate. In case I don’t get back her again this week, I want to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas. I hope the day finds you surrounded by love.

  13. December 21, 2011 11:32 am

    The three are all new to me, interesting words.

  14. December 21, 2011 11:39 am

    I sure would not know those

  15. December 21, 2011 12:05 pm

    I love reading these, thanks for sharing. An interesting word I came across recently was aa (it’s a kind of rough basaltic lava) and one of those handy two-letter Scrabble words 🙂 I mention it in one of my “week in seven words” posts.

  16. December 21, 2011 12:08 pm

    Those are very interesting words! I was only familiar with ungulate,

  17. December 21, 2011 12:43 pm

    These are great new words! Zazen is especially keen!!

  18. December 21, 2011 2:57 pm

    I knew ungulate, but not the others. I like “zazen.”

  19. December 21, 2011 9:59 pm

    Billy wanted me to tell you that he likes ungulate.

  20. December 22, 2011 12:25 am

    All new words for you and interesting as well… need zazen now,,

  21. December 22, 2011 1:56 am

    Wonderful words. I’d seen them, but never had their exact meanings before. Thank you so much! Could definitely use some zazen about now…

  22. December 22, 2011 2:15 am

    I always forget what ungulate means (and then drive myself crazy trying to remember). Zazen is completely new to me.

  23. December 23, 2011 7:37 pm

    Wow, for once I didn’t know all three of your words (said rather vainly, but with glee to learn something new yet again).

  24. December 24, 2011 9:08 pm

    I have no idea about any of these words…glad you had the definitions!! 😀

  25. December 28, 2011 7:02 pm

    Good words. I’m amazed sometimes with how they come up with some of these words. I’ve certainly never heard them before.

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