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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 15, 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 didn’t find any new words in my reading, so I’ve had to go back to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. hypaethral – “In Egypt, we visited the hypaethral temple of Philae, which was dismantled and relocated after the construction of a dam caused its original site to be submersed.”

Hypaethral means having a roofless central space.


2. infra dig – “In this day and age, it is not infra dig for a father to stay at home in order to take care of the children while the mother pursues a professional career.”

Infra dig is a shortened version of the Latin phrase infra dignitatem and is used in casual context. It means being beneath one’s dignity: undignified.


3. fulgent– “Lilac and wistaria and redbud, even the shabby heaven-trees, had never been finer, fulgent, with a burning scent. . .” –William Faulkner, Sanctuary

Fulgent means dazzlingly bright: brilliant.


Have you come across any new words lately?

28 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2012 5:03 am

    A shame you haven’t come across any new words in your reading, but these are three excellent words nonetheless. I particularly like fulgent.

  2. February 15, 2012 8:32 am

    Fulgent reminds me of effulgent both in spelling and meaning. They must be related. Great words!

  3. February 15, 2012 8:38 am

    Beautiful words this week!

  4. February 15, 2012 8:39 am

    Fulgent is a really neat word, and I am glad to have been exposed to it. Thanks for the great new words today!

  5. February 15, 2012 8:58 am

    Yes to the sentence using infra dig! :–)

  6. February 15, 2012 9:02 am

    I like the world Fulgent. Have a great day! 🙂

  7. February 15, 2012 9:26 am

    All interesting words, especially infra dig!!
    It was a tough week to find new words.

  8. February 15, 2012 10:09 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ve come across fulgent before but it’s not a word I would use in a sentence.

  9. RebeccaV permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:13 am

    So excited to be participating for the first time! I’ve got a newbie blogger question though that, incidentally, seems appropriate for this theme: what does “meme” mean?

  10. February 15, 2012 10:17 am

    I knew fulgent but you stumped me on the others. Great words, Kathy!

  11. February 15, 2012 10:20 am

    I ❤ infra dig! I'm itching to use that now.

  12. February 15, 2012 10:24 am

    Interesting words. Fulgent doesn’t make me think at all what it means. It makes me think of a smell and not a good one! lol

    I like infra dig and have never heard it before, short or long form!

  13. February 15, 2012 10:52 am

    I wish we were having a fulgent day today, it’s not too brilliant out there. Thanks! for sharing.

  14. February 15, 2012 11:49 am

    I doubt I’ll be dropping the latin term into casual conversation any time soon. However, fulgent is one I can remember. I’m looking out the window at a fulgent day right now.

  15. February 15, 2012 12:18 pm

    Never head those either 🙂

  16. February 15, 2012 12:25 pm

    Terrific words this week! I also hope it’s not infra dig for a woman to “stay home” and take care of her kids!

  17. February 15, 2012 12:31 pm

    I didn’t know at all these three words ! Very interesting ! Fulgent seems very nice !

  18. February 15, 2012 1:12 pm

    Every week you have some great words!

  19. February 15, 2012 2:26 pm

    All are new to me!

  20. February 15, 2012 3:17 pm

    All new to me. I did recently read a book that took place in Egypt, but it was written for middle schoolers, so “hypaethral” was definitely not in it.

  21. February 15, 2012 3:51 pm

    I would be shocked if I knew more than a word in your entire calendar!

  22. February 15, 2012 5:36 pm

    I swear I need to get a word of the day calendar. I used to have one all the time but I don’t know what happened. Maybe I can find one on sale 😉

  23. February 15, 2012 5:41 pm

    My favorite this week is fulgent…it reminds me of indulgent!!!

  24. February 15, 2012 8:15 pm

    Those are some pretty hoity-toity words! At least by my (low) standards.

  25. February 15, 2012 11:37 pm

    What a cocktail of words! Thank you.

  26. kaye permalink
    February 16, 2012 12:04 pm

    Not sure I could even pronounce the first one let alone use it in a sentence but fulgent is just a nifty word that can be used easily.

  27. February 16, 2012 8:55 pm

    I love hypaethral homes! all new words for me

  28. February 18, 2012 9:00 am

    Very good words!!! 😀

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