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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 11, 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!

I had to rely on my handy Word-a-Day Calendar again this week – I guess that means I need to stretch myself with my book choices.

1. quondam – “Many people were surprised to learn that the quondam poet and professor had since become a tax accountant.”

Quondam is an adjective that means former or sometime.


2. duende – “A dancer with duende goes beyond technical mastery to vent his or her feelings, achieving a powerful, compelling dance.” – – Brattleboro Reformer, March 22, 2007

Duende is a noun that means the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.


3. orgulous “In his letter to the editor, Mr. Southby complained about pretentious and orgulous world leaders who refuse to cooperate in the interest of world peace.

Orgulous is an adjective that means proud.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2012 5:11 am

    I was familiar with duende, but the others were new to me.

  2. bookingmama permalink
    July 11, 2012 6:25 am

    I am going to use orgulous today somehow! Great word!

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 11, 2012 7:22 am

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

  4. July 11, 2012 8:06 am

    Great words! I hope I have duende today when I go for a job interview! lol

  5. July 11, 2012 8:16 am

    I really like all three of your words today. The meanings lend them to frequent use. Thanks!

  6. July 11, 2012 8:42 am

    I did not know any of today’s words! They are good ones – I especially like duende – it seems to have to close to the same meaning as charisma.

  7. July 11, 2012 8:48 am

    I didn’t know any of these words either. I think duende is fabulous though.

  8. July 11, 2012 9:19 am

    Those were all “new to me” words.

  9. July 11, 2012 9:32 am

    I too love duende. I love words that mean things that aren’t exactly definable! :–)

  10. July 11, 2012 9:54 am

    Those are all new words for me. Happy reading!

  11. July 11, 2012 9:57 am

    you got me this week…did not know any of them.

  12. July 11, 2012 11:01 am

    I like the word duende, didn’t know the others.

  13. zibilee permalink
    July 11, 2012 11:02 am

    These are all very complex words that I have never even heard of before! I think I need a Word-A-Day calendar of my very own. It sounds like my vocabulary could be much improved!! Great choice today!

  14. July 11, 2012 11:30 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Three great words this week, all of which were new to me.

    All of the words should be quite easy to drop into a normal conversation, but whether I shall remember them when it counts is another matter.

    I think that my favourite of the three, would be ‘orgulous’ and would have most people wondering what on earth you were talking about !!

    Thanks for an interesting post and for hosting the meme.


  15. July 11, 2012 1:10 pm

    Your calendar always has the most obscure words!

  16. July 11, 2012 2:16 pm

    Wonderful words, all new to me! 🙂

  17. July 11, 2012 2:41 pm

    Three fantastic words! None of which I knew. And considering how common their actual meanings are, I am going to try to put them into my vocabulary.

  18. July 11, 2012 4:07 pm

    nice ones 😀

  19. July 11, 2012 4:20 pm

    Quondam is such a funny-looking word!

  20. Patty permalink
    July 11, 2012 6:40 pm

    Those are a true mouthful!

  21. July 11, 2012 8:10 pm

    I guess Katie Holmes is Tom Cruise’s soon to be quondam wife.

  22. July 11, 2012 9:16 pm

    you come up with the most interesting, thought-provoking and unique words! how often do you find yourself using your WWW in every-day conversation?!?

  23. July 12, 2012 12:21 pm

    The word-a-day calendar sure comes up with some interesting words! I’ve never heard quondam and somehow I have a feeling it’s not going to stick with me! I really like duende, it says so much with a single word, I like that!

    I love it when you share words from this calendar…there are so many words I don’t know!

  24. July 12, 2012 5:03 pm

    The only one I would have had a clue about was the last one because the Spanish word for proud has a similar root.

  25. kaye permalink
    July 12, 2012 6:26 pm

    Wow, those are great words! I would never have known how to put those in a sentence.

  26. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    July 12, 2012 10:14 pm

    Your words always make me realize how little I know of the English language! 😀

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