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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 1, 2012

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 really do need to read more challenging books because once again I had to rely on my Word-a-Day calendar.  I chose these words because I thought they were a lot of fun.

1. scapegrace – “Joanna was at a loss for ways to help her teenage brother, a scapegrace who too often found himself in trouble with the authorities.”

Scapegrace means an incorrigible rascal.


2. holus-bolus – “Regrettably, the company shuttered its factory holus-bolus, without providing notice to the men and women working there.”

Holus-bolus is an adverb and it means all at once.


3. omnium-gatherum– “The church’s annual Pot Luck Follies featured an omnium-gatherum of performers, including clowns, musicians, jugglers, and stilt-walkers.”

This one’s a mouthful!  Omnium-gatherum is a noun that means a miscellaneous collection (as of things or persons).


Have you come across any new words lately?

31 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2012 4:13 am

    Well, I’ve heard the first and third before, but “holus-bolus” is new to me, and I love it! I think it’s going to become one of my favorite phrases.

  2. spontaneousplay permalink
    February 1, 2012 5:18 am

    I have to admit I found “holus-bolus” an amusing word. Not cause of it’s meaning per say but come on….am I the only one who thinks it would pass as some witches spell to turn boring little children into frogs? I know what word I’m going to be thinking come halloween…. lol

  3. February 1, 2012 6:19 am

    Omnium-gatherum sounds like something you’d see in a church newsletter! I had heard of scapegrace, but not the other two. Thanks, Kathy!

  4. kaye permalink
    February 1, 2012 6:43 am

    Omnium-gatherum soundslike Latin and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in a chrch bulletin. Holus-bolus is a great one. I need to think up a way to work that into conversation.

  5. February 1, 2012 7:56 am

    All these are new to me. I don’t think I could even get omnium-gatherum out clearly, lol.
    I do like holus-bolus!

  6. February 1, 2012 8:11 am

    I like that last one, but I think it’s going to be better read than spoken.

  7. February 1, 2012 8:24 am

    I could figure out the last one because of my high school Latin classes! Or at least I could come close!

  8. February 1, 2012 8:54 am

    I can’t imagine being able to say omnium-gatherum fast enough to use in conversation!

  9. February 1, 2012 9:11 am

    Scapegrace sounds almost, well, graceful for a word describing a rascal. And holus-bolus made me think of hocus-pocus 🙂

    Great words!

  10. February 1, 2012 9:16 am

    These three words are all new to me also!!

  11. February 1, 2012 9:17 am

    Three interesting words there. Scapegrace is a fantastic word. It must be related to scapegoat you’d think? It would be interesting to find out. Holus-bolus is reasonably common in Australia I think, but omnium-gatherum, that sure is a doozy. I don’t think I’d be able to slip that into conversation somehow.

  12. February 1, 2012 9:53 am

    Lovely words you found this week! I agree with the others that holus-bolus sounds magick-y. And I love such Latin-English hodgepodge words as omnium-gatherum! Thanks for sharing!

  13. February 1, 2012 10:01 am

    I’ve known many of a scapegrace in my life!

  14. February 1, 2012 10:16 am

    These are all new to me. Scapegrace is a very interesting word.

  15. February 1, 2012 10:41 am

    Heehee. Holus-bolus is such a funny word, and I love it! I always try to find ways to use these words you share with me in conversation, but it rarely happens. It would be nice to be able to sprinkle a few eyebrow raising words into the conversations I have with others 🙂

  16. February 1, 2012 11:02 am

    That last one is sure a mouthful

  17. February 1, 2012 11:13 am

    All new to me, I do like holus-bolus. I’m going to have to try and work that one into my day.

  18. February 1, 2012 11:38 am

    I like holus-bolus, the others are new to me .

  19. February 1, 2012 11:48 am

    I like scapegrace. It sounds like a good way to describe those rascals you can’t help but loving.

  20. February 1, 2012 12:01 pm

    I agree – your words are fun this week. I especially like scapegrace. I believe I can use it in coversation. I even have someone in mind.

  21. February 1, 2012 12:12 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed scapegrace when I come across it. Your other words are fun, too, and completely new to me!

  22. February 1, 2012 12:21 pm

    Holus-bolus is fun!

  23. February 1, 2012 2:15 pm

    These words are new-to-me, Kathy. The hyphenated words are terrific! I wonder if scapegrace is related to scapegoat?

  24. February 1, 2012 2:21 pm

    I don’t think I’ve heard scapegrace before. I’m especially fond of that one.

  25. February 1, 2012 5:05 pm

    All new to me. They sound like the kind of words the peddler/wizard from the Wizard of Oz would be all too familiar with. Oh yes, and congress too!

  26. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    February 1, 2012 8:20 pm

    I am amazed by all the words you’ve posted that I have never ever heard before in my life!!

  27. February 1, 2012 9:19 pm

    You made those up!!!


  28. February 2, 2012 1:46 am

    Fun words and tongue-twisters too!

  29. February 2, 2012 4:04 pm

    Holus-bolus is such a fun word!

  30. February 3, 2012 1:07 pm

    I would have thought that scapegrace would be the opposite of scapegoat. 🙂 I was surprised that the similarities in meanings. I’m curious about the origin of that one.

  31. February 4, 2012 3:20 pm

    I LOVE holus-bolus!! Must think of ways to use it today. Sounds like a kind of nonsense word.

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