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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 16, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

All of my words this week come from my handy Word-a-Day Calendar.  I chose these words because they reminded me of other words.

1. flyting – “For centuries, theatergoers have been entertained by the flyting between Shakespeare’s Falstaff and Prince Hall.”

Flyting is a noun that means a dispute or exchange of personal abuse in verse form.


2. adust – “The adust landscape of volcanic rock and sand can be particularly beautiful at sunset.”

Adust is an adjective that means scorched or burned.


3. cabotage – “Some assert that the high price of imported goods would be significantly reduced if the government would simply relax its restrictions on cabotage.”

Cabotage is trade or transport in coastal waters or airspace or between two points within a country.  It can also mean the right to engage in cabotage.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

27 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2012 5:55 am

    Finally! A word that rhymes with sabotage!

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  2. May 16, 2012 6:19 am

    I’d heard cabotage, but thank you for the definition. Does your calendar give sources for those sentences? I’m curious about the second one…

  3. May 16, 2012 6:22 am

    Beautifully crafted sentence using flyting. I love this.

  4. May 16, 2012 6:53 am

    I have never heard the word cabotage. I think I’ll use it today since we will be discussing the global economy.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 16, 2012 8:20 am

    Cabotage is new to me!

  6. May 16, 2012 8:20 am

    Great words today! I love flyting, and cabotage is an interesting concept.

  7. May 16, 2012 9:26 am

    Those are a riot because all 3 look like spelling errors! LOL

  8. May 16, 2012 9:27 am

    Flyting is great! Its fighting in verse. It reminds me of the rappers in a way!

    Adust…maybe related to dusty?

  9. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 16, 2012 9:34 am

    I ❤ adust.

  10. May 16, 2012 10:24 am

    Word-a-day calendars have some of the oddest, most interesting words!
    Flyting is a word I think I would constantly mess up! Adust is such a nice way of saying scorched or burned! But cabotage is the strangest…it’s as if someone hit ‘c’ instead of the ‘s’ in sabotage until you realize there’s a definition for it! Sometimes things are better left alone (or unnamed in this case!) lol

    Great post!

  11. zibilee permalink
    May 16, 2012 10:44 am

    Love these words, and had never heard any of them! I love cabotage, it reminds me of a cross between cabbage and sabotage! Great choices today, Kathy!

  12. May 16, 2012 12:33 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    What some great words your calendar has thrown up this week, definitely all new to me.

    I love them all, although my personal favourite would have to be ‘flyting’. The word just somehow doesn’t seem to fit the definition and I am probably going to struggle to ever fit it into a normal conversation, but I certainly aim to try!

    Thanks for hosting and a great post,


  13. May 16, 2012 12:41 pm

    Great idea to choose words that are like other words, but for a letter. These word-a-day calendars are the best!

  14. May 16, 2012 2:03 pm

    All new to me. “Flyting” is my favorite of the three.

  15. May 16, 2012 2:59 pm

    I like “flyting” but it must be so hard to do!

  16. Patty permalink
    May 16, 2012 3:10 pm

    I love these words because they all sound like other words!!!

  17. May 16, 2012 3:12 pm

    You always have such good words. 🙂

    I love these ones.

  18. bookingmama permalink
    May 16, 2012 3:18 pm

    Never heard any of those! But I agree that they were close to other words.

  19. May 16, 2012 3:50 pm

    I like adust

  20. May 16, 2012 5:01 pm

    each of those words at first made me think of “flying, adjust and cabbage or sabotage”! fun words today

  21. May 16, 2012 6:40 pm

    I love how you linked your three words today. As your page was loading I was very surprised to see adjust making the list! Then of course I realised the trick you played on us all! Adust is a great word.

  22. May 16, 2012 7:15 pm

    BTW I’ve been away from home for the past week, so haven’t had time to do my WW post for this week- I miss it! Glad I could catch up with everyone else’s post though.

  23. May 16, 2012 9:03 pm

    I think the world would be a better place if disputes and exchanges of personal abuse were only allowed to be in verse form. My campaign message will be: flyting not fighting.

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  24. May 17, 2012 1:59 am

    I hadn’t heard of any of these… and neither has my spell checker. I tossed them in and it gave me spelling errors on all of them!

  25. May 17, 2012 5:03 pm

    These are all new to me – I think I like cabotage the best just because it sounds good to my ear. 🙂

  26. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    May 20, 2012 1:49 pm

    Cabotage cracks me up for some reason!

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