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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 4, 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! It’s a good thing I have a Word-a-Day calendar because I had to rely on it again this week.

1. haptic – “Katy could tell one kind of yarn from another purely by haptic clues.”

In this case, haptic means relating to or based on the sense of touch.

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2. spume – “The sea spray and spume from the rising tide made the rocks along the beach slick and treacherous.”

I feel like I should have known this one.  Spume means frothy matter on liquids: foam or scum.

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3. palmary– “Olympic athletes are regarded as the palmary representatives of their sport.”

Palmary is an adjective that means outstanding or best.

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Have you come across any new words lately?

27 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2012 4:57 am

    I can’t believe I’m first! I had dozed off and woke up in front of the tv about 1am California time. Since my husband and son are both working nights this week I checked my phone and saw your tweet! This and Snapshot Saturday are the palmary memes, imho!
    Sweet Dreams.

  2. April 4, 2012 6:04 am

    I’ve only seen two of these but already I’m looking forward to next week’s words. Your blog is the palmery representative of the vocabulary (did I use that correctly?)

  3. April 4, 2012 8:19 am

    I really like palmary and haptic. Great words!

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 4, 2012 8:36 am

    You ALWAYS come up with the best words. I didn’t know palmary and couldn’t begin to guess its meaning. It’s not even in my online dictionary!

  5. April 4, 2012 8:42 am

    Darn! These are all new words to me!!

  6. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    April 4, 2012 8:51 am

    I knew spume just because it sounds like the noise the water makes…the others are new ones!

  7. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    April 4, 2012 8:52 am

    I knew spume because it sounds like the noise the water makes…but the other two are new to me!

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 4, 2012 9:09 am

    O I like spume

  9. April 4, 2012 9:24 am

    Very interesting words ! I like a lot spume : we hear what it is !

  10. April 4, 2012 9:26 am

    I knew spume. It’s the name for the spray when whales surface and exhale, A very exciting sight! The other two are new for me too. Palmary effort.

    • April 4, 2012 1:36 pm

      I knew spume too, but not in this sense!
      @ BermudaOnion: haptic is interesting, but I don’t think I can find a way to use it.

  11. rubyport permalink
    April 4, 2012 9:36 am

    Spume was the only word I was familiar with – very interesting choices!

  12. April 4, 2012 10:06 am

    I knew Palmary, but the others were new to me. Great words!

  13. April 4, 2012 10:46 am

    Now I know what the “haptic chairs” in Ready Player One really are! Great new words today!

  14. April 4, 2012 11:13 am

    Spume reminds me of another word that I think means something similar and sounds sort of the same – only I can’t think of what that word is!

  15. April 4, 2012 11:17 am

    I didn’t know any of these!

  16. April 4, 2012 11:19 am

    I sort of knew spume, heard the word before.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/04/wondrous-words-wednesday.html

  17. April 4, 2012 12:05 pm

    What a great meme! I’m going to participate some time….Thanks for sharing.

  18. April 4, 2012 12:06 pm

    As a lover of yarn and fabric I’m going to adopt haptic. Tell your word-a-day calendar thank you. And, thanks to you too for faithfully hanging in with Wondrous Words. You know, we passed the three year mark weeks ago. I love it as it’s made me more alert in my reading.

  19. April 4, 2012 12:11 pm

    New words for me again this week. And I felt so smart last week actually knowing a few of the words!

  20. April 4, 2012 1:48 pm

    The only one I knew there was “spume” and I think that’s only because I grew up on the coast, and there are a lot of sea related terms I learned that I don’t think I’d know otherwise.

  21. April 4, 2012 1:51 pm

    Spume was familiar to me but I didn’t know the other 2. Haptic is great, I really this word.

    Thse word-a-day calendats are great!

  22. April 4, 2012 3:02 pm

    Cool new words as always

  23. April 4, 2012 3:43 pm

    I must be reading all the wrong things because I never come across words like this!

  24. April 4, 2012 4:18 pm

    Excellent, new-to-me words, Kathy! I’m playing today! 🙂

  25. April 4, 2012 6:31 pm

    I didn’t know any of them!!

  26. bookingmama permalink
    April 4, 2012 8:57 pm

    No clue until I read the sentences. Then, I could pretty much figure them out.

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