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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 27, 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!

My first word this week is from Paris in Love by Eloisa James.

1. riposte – “One problem with my French is that I require time to think before replying, so I ended up back out on the street with far too many sausages and spent the next hour unsuccessfully trying to come up with French ripostes that I will be able to use in my next life.”

In this case, riposte means a retaliatory verbal sally: retort.


My second word is from Faith by Jennifer Haigh.

2. aggiornamento – “For Frank Lynch and his ilk there had been no Roncalli, no aggiornamento.”

Aggiornamento means a bringing up to date or modernization of the church.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2012 4:37 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Both are new to me authirs and books that you ahve chosen this week, although I did know your first word and its meaning.

    My French is obviuosly much better than my Latin, as ‘aggiornamento’ was a complete mystery to me. This book in particular sounds like a very tense and emotional story and although perhaps not something that I would read from choice, I can fully appreciate the time this must have taken to get right and the ambitiousness of the project.

    Have you read and reviewed ‘Faith’ yet?

    Interesting post and choice of books this week, thanks for hosting.


    • June 27, 2012 4:39 am

      I don’t know about my Latin being shaky, I don’t think that my English is much better, looking at those two terrible typos in the first line ….. SORRY! More haste, less speed and accuracy

  2. kaye permalink
    June 27, 2012 7:02 am

    Not sure I could even pronounce the 2nd word, never mind using it in a sentence. : )

  3. June 27, 2012 8:19 am

    I vaguely knew riposte, but don’t think I’ve used it myself.

  4. June 27, 2012 8:52 am

    Both of these books are on my TBR list.
    Riposte I’ve seen but didn’t really know the meaning. The second one I had never seen before.

  5. June 27, 2012 9:08 am

    Good ones! I have had to look up riposte a time or two.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 27, 2012 9:43 am

    Aggiornamento totally stumped me!

  7. June 27, 2012 12:16 pm

    That second word was really a long one.

  8. June 27, 2012 12:31 pm

    Wow, that second one is quite the interesting word. Lol. Love the first ine though.

  9. June 27, 2012 1:04 pm

    Love the word riposte. I couldn’t figure out aggiornamento though, good one!

  10. June 27, 2012 1:52 pm

    I think both of your words this week are rather classy. A little French always dresses things up, even words.

  11. Patty permalink
    June 27, 2012 3:14 pm

    Quite unusual …but I think I have eaten a riposte!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    June 27, 2012 3:25 pm

    I knew the first one but not the second. That’s one fancy word!

  13. June 27, 2012 3:34 pm

    The things >I learn

  14. June 27, 2012 4:26 pm

    Excellent words this week, Kathy! I love this meme and will play along soon, I hope. 🙂

  15. June 27, 2012 5:11 pm

    Never heard of the second word, but I like the way it sounds. I also don’t think I could have guessed its meaning (it sounds like something musical).

  16. June 27, 2012 7:18 pm

    I do love a good riposte! :O)

  17. June 28, 2012 10:26 am

    I for one knew aggiornamento 🙂 but I’m cheating, because it’s Italian. That sentence alone, with Pope Roncalli mentioned as “aggiornamento” (of course he was), is picking my curiosity!

  18. June 28, 2012 2:05 pm

    Aggiornamento is fun to say (but then I think that of most Italian words). 🙂 I didn’t know what it meant though, which puts me to shame because I did take a year of Italian in college.

  19. June 29, 2012 1:12 pm

    My problem with my English is the same … difficult for a riposte !

  20. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    July 2, 2012 6:21 am

    Always good to learn new words!!

  21. April 24, 2013 12:15 pm

    Excellent wondrous words! Do not ask me to pronounce the second one!

    I can’t play along today, but here’s the word-of-the-day from my word calendar: philippic: a discourse or declamation full of bitter condemnation: tirade.

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