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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 21, 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. deglutition – “Ingrid has been suffering from a sore throat, which makes deglutition painful.”

Deglutition is a noun that means the act or process of swallowing.


2. bloviate – “Mitchell spent his Sunday morning watching TV pundits bloviating about world affairs.”

Bloviate is a verb that means to speak or write verbosely and windily.  I’ve been known to bloviate a time or two in my life.


3. tutoyer– “Yes, now (to the outside world) we were on first-name terms, now to anyone within earshot I tutoyered him.” — Marie Brenner, Tell Me Everything

Tutoyer is a verb that means to address familiarly.


Have you come across any new words lately?

31 Comments leave one →
  1. Amritorupa Kanjilal permalink
    March 21, 2012 4:11 am

    Brilliant! I particularly like bloviate, i do that all the time… thanks!

  2. March 21, 2012 6:15 am

    I did not know ANY of your words today! Bloviate sounds like what it means – right? I will have to try to work that into the conversation today 🙂

  3. March 21, 2012 6:18 am

    Ha – I’m pretty prone to bloviating myself 😛

  4. kaye permalink
    March 21, 2012 6:58 am

    I think I’d stick to using the word swallowing. Lol, not to sure I could even pronounce deglutition!

  5. March 21, 2012 7:44 am

    I am pretty sure that I bloviate all the time! Great words today, Kathy!

  6. March 21, 2012 7:53 am

    I like that first word. Never heard of it in my life. All the words are new to me. Fun.

  7. March 21, 2012 8:20 am

    I like tutoyer a lot!

  8. March 21, 2012 8:34 am

    Tutoyer is new to me, Thanks for sharing!

  9. March 21, 2012 8:54 am

    Deglutition I knew, but had forgotten, perhaps I’ll start using it again. The other two are new for me, but I certainly do know some bloviaters.

  10. March 21, 2012 9:16 am

    These are all new to me. Love new words.

  11. March 21, 2012 10:36 am

    I don’t think my mouth can even say tutoyer!

  12. joyweesemoll permalink
    March 21, 2012 10:45 am

    Great words, all new to me. Tutoyer seems nice and friendly.

  13. March 21, 2012 11:16 am

    Bloviate is the only word I’m familiar with and can also be accused of doing!

    Tutoyer and deglutition are difficult for me to pronounce but they’re interesting words!

  14. March 21, 2012 12:28 pm

    I knew deglutition but not the other two. But then as I thought about it I realized that I know the French word tutoyer which has the same meaning as the English equivalent.

  15. March 21, 2012 1:14 pm

    I like bloviate. I think we’ll have lots of chances to use that word in this election year.

  16. March 21, 2012 3:28 pm

    Shouldn’t surprise you that these three words were new to me, although I figured out the first one

  17. March 21, 2012 3:32 pm

    All three words are new to me!!

    And I also have been known to bloviate.

    I didn’t find any new words this week, guess I have to change my selections!

  18. March 21, 2012 3:56 pm

    Wow…that’s a mouthful to deglutate…

  19. March 21, 2012 4:48 pm

    I must use bloviate

  20. March 21, 2012 5:32 pm

    I didn’t know any of them!

  21. March 21, 2012 5:36 pm

    This is my first time … I’m excited because at my age, I don’t have a lot of first times left in me!

  22. March 21, 2012 5:44 pm

    Kathy, these are excellent words! You never bloviate in your reviews, but are concise and to the point. Wonderful words! 🙂

  23. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 21, 2012 7:54 pm

    Bloviate has always made me laugh. Great words, Kathy!

  24. stacijoreads permalink
    March 21, 2012 8:45 pm

    I would so mess up trying to ever use any of these! 😀

  25. March 21, 2012 10:49 pm

    Love these words! I’ve not heard of any of them. Now if I could figure out how to use them in conversation or for Words w/ friends game with my husband. Thanks for making us smarter!

  26. March 22, 2012 7:42 am

    Ha, what a perfect word for Sunday morning tv pundits 😀 Now I hope to remember to use bloviate (my macbook wants me to check that spelling, ha!) in conversation soon.

  27. March 22, 2012 7:48 am

    I can’t play along today, but love your words. I can’t believe you found a phrase that uses tutoyer, something English doesn’t even have a concept for. I may have to check out what that book is about.

  28. March 22, 2012 1:53 pm

    When I see bloviate all I can think of is someone who is wildly bloated. Ha! I bet I can find a way to ease that into conversation today.

    Thinking you need to create a Balderdash type meme–have people define the words for you (no cheating) to see what kind of nonsense people come up with!

  29. March 22, 2012 11:30 pm

    Umm, yeah…don’t think I’ll be busting those out in a sentence anytime soon!

  30. March 23, 2012 12:25 am

    love the words..all new for me..
    I bloviate all the time with anyone I tutoyer and not..

  31. March 24, 2012 9:39 pm

    We must not talk about any hot topics … I’ve yet to hear you bloviate!

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