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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 1, 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 keep hoping I’ll pick up a book with a new word in it but that hasn’t happened for a while.  Thank heavens for my handy Word-a-Day Calendar, the source for these new words.

1. corvine – “The evening skies in winter are sometimes thick with crows as the corvine hordes flock to the city’s center.”

I like the sound of this word for some reason, but don’t think I’ll have the opportunity to use it often.  Corvine means of or relating to the crows: resembling a crow.


2. redound – “It is felt that the traffic from the exhibits and classes will redound to the benefit of downtown restaurants and hotels.” — Scotty Eyman, Palm Beach Post, November 13, 2009

Redound means to have an effect.


3. longanimity – “Abigail listened with longanimity as villagers accused her of afflicting them by witchcraft.”

Longanimity means a disposition to bear injuries patiently; forbearance.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

24 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2012 7:42 am

    I love those words that are “of or resembling” – sheep, crows, whatever. Such fun to use!

  2. August 1, 2012 9:47 am

    I knew Corvine- woot for me! 😀

    Beth ^_^

  3. zibilee permalink
    August 1, 2012 10:36 am

    I knew Corvine, but had little knowledge of your other words. I do like them though, and am glad that you shared!

  4. August 1, 2012 10:40 am

    Great words. I like the sound of corvine too. That word a day calendar does come in handy 🙂

  5. August 1, 2012 10:59 am

    New and great words for me.

  6. August 1, 2012 11:04 am

    These were all new to me. Great words!

  7. August 1, 2012 11:05 am

    I kind of love longanimity.

  8. August 1, 2012 11:45 am

    I like Corvine

  9. August 1, 2012 12:23 pm

    Thank goodness for our Word-A-Day calendars! They always offer such good new words. I think that after over three years of doing Wondrous Words Wednesday our vocabularies have greatly improved. And, that’s a good thing. Thank you Kathy.

  10. August 1, 2012 12:40 pm

    lovely words. I can’t think of any real words to add, but one that makes me smile and may one day find itself in the dictionary is mahoosive, as in “she gave him a mahoosive kiss! 🙂

  11. August 1, 2012 1:07 pm

    All three seem to have meanings that are appropriate to how they sound, but I still don’t think I would have guessed them. 🙂

  12. August 1, 2012 1:32 pm

    Not familiar with any of the words. The last word made me think of longevity. I see it’s a totally different meaning too.

  13. August 1, 2012 1:43 pm

    Familiar with the last word but not the other two. The word corvine made me think of Hichcock’s The Birds.

  14. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 1, 2012 1:44 pm

    I promise my new novel will have a word or two that will be new to you, unless you study antiques. 😉

    Longanimity was new to me today. Great words, Kathy!

  15. August 1, 2012 2:10 pm

    Great words today, Kathy! I should be able to work corvine into my speech as we have an abundance of crows here. Longanimity sounds familiar and is a good term. (My spell checker recognized neither.) 🙂

  16. August 1, 2012 2:32 pm

    In Italian, we do use corvine to mean black, especially of hair. Maybe you can use it that way.

  17. kaye permalink
    August 1, 2012 3:15 pm

    You’re right – Corvine is a pretty hard word to work into conversations. I see you are reading Secret Keepers by Mindy Friddle. I loved that book, I hope you’re enjoying it.

  18. Patty permalink
    August 1, 2012 3:30 pm

    I wonder if there is such a word as corvinous?

  19. bookingmama permalink
    August 1, 2012 4:53 pm

    Good ones as usual. Corvine is one that I’m sure I’ll never come across again!

  20. August 1, 2012 6:15 pm

    I bet you could guess I would know corvine! The crow is a member of the corvidae family. Not that I have much opportunity to use it though. The other two, nope, didn’t know them.

  21. August 1, 2012 8:50 pm

    All were new to me. I didn’t find any words I didn’t know but I’m starting a new book tonight, so maybe I’ll be able to join WWW next week.

  22. August 2, 2012 8:00 am

    I like these words. redound! 🙂

  23. August 2, 2012 11:22 am

    Redound seems like a show-off word — like they want people to have to consult a dictionary. The others are interesting, though.

  24. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    August 11, 2012 10:10 pm

    I knew none of them…give me the dunce hat! 😦

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