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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 22, 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’ve always known Jill of Rhapsody in Books is one smart cookie.  She recently published a post all about her that included several new to me words.

1. orrery – “I love orreries – the more unusual, the better.”

Jill was actually kind enough to define this one for me:  “An orrery is a model illustrating the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in the Solar System.”


2. hermeneutics – “I love the word hermeneutics.”

Hermeneutic means the study of the methodological principles of interpretation (as of the Bible).


3. toponymy – “I love toponymy (the study of the origin of place names).”

Jill actually defined this in her sentence, but I thought I’d include it since it was new to me.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2012 4:26 am

    It’s been several months since I did a Wondrous Words post, but I’ve done one today inspired by reading Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.
    I just love words.

  2. August 22, 2012 9:20 am

    Never heard of orrery before! That’s a great word to know!
    I missed WWW in the past few weeks, I’m glad I can post again today 🙂

  3. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:48 am

    What a cool word the second one is. I’m still trying to pronounce it.

  4. August 22, 2012 10:33 am

    I don’t know these this time so you got me! 😀 Though I should have known Orrery.

    Beth ^_^

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 22, 2012 11:02 am

    I’m ashamed to admit that you had me stumped on two of three! Great words, Kathy.

  6. August 22, 2012 11:18 am

    Great new words for me today.

  7. August 22, 2012 11:31 am

    I loved that post, and was once again dazzled with Jill’s intelligence. I like that you incorporated her words as your choices today. Very nice!

  8. August 22, 2012 11:41 am

    Great words today! I love all three of these words!

  9. August 22, 2012 12:12 pm

    I’m a fan of Jill’s big/new words too. She’s given me many WWW posts.

  10. August 22, 2012 1:35 pm

    This is disturbing… I consider myself knowledgeable about science and I love science fiction and I didn’t know the word ‘orrery’. And I should have heard it somewhere before today.

  11. August 22, 2012 1:55 pm

    Just glancing at these words I was thinking, “I knew I’ve seen those somewhere recently.” 🙂 Then I looked closer and saw your link to Jill and realized I read that post of hers too. She is a smart lady!

  12. August 22, 2012 3:10 pm

    I have of course read about the 2nd …but what it meant..nope

  13. Patty permalink
    August 22, 2012 3:12 pm

    I wish I could remember thm long enough to use them!

  14. August 22, 2012 4:48 pm

    Interesting words!

  15. August 22, 2012 4:48 pm

    OJ is much smarter than TJ (this Jill).

  16. Kaye permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:29 pm

    Wracking my brain trying to figure out how to work hermeneutics into a sentence.

  17. August 23, 2012 5:25 pm

    I love these words you have today! I finally got my post linked up.

  18. August 25, 2012 2:14 pm

    Hee hee. These were all new words to me too. She’s a smartie. Or is it smarty? We should ask Jill.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    August 26, 2012 11:10 am

    Jill puts us all to shame!

  20. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    August 27, 2012 7:06 am

    Jill is pretty darn amazing!! I could only dream to be able to use words like these!!

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