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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 3, 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 go back to my nifty Word-a-Day Calendar to find new words this week.

1. gelid – “Given the reports of the gelid nighttime temperatures, we decided to stay home and watch the New Year’s celebrations on TV.”

I’m not a fan of gelid temperatures.  Gelid is an adjective that means extremely cold: icy.


2. froward – “The nanny informed the parents that she would seek employment elsewhere if the froward child could not be more obedient.”

Froward is an adjective that means habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition.


3. chapfallen – “The team’s failure to make it to the playoffs yet again was hardly a surprise for its chapfallen and long-suffering fans.”

I’m one of those chapfallen and long-suffering fans this college football season since the Hokies have yet to play well.  In this case, chapfallen means cast down in spirit: depressed.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2012 6:31 am

    I could understand gelid and thought froward was a typo… but chapfallen is a great word! Thanks for sharing!

  2. October 3, 2012 8:25 am

    I thought froward was a typo too, but then I knew you’d obviously know forward. I really like chapfallen too.

  3. October 3, 2012 9:46 am

    I remembered chapfallen, but the others were new to me. Great words, Kathy!

  4. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 3, 2012 9:57 am

    Chapfallen? I love it. Makes me think of a sad Charlie Chaplin.

    • October 3, 2012 10:33 am

      Hahaha . . . a sad Charlie Chaplin. I love it.

  5. October 3, 2012 9:59 am

    I’ve known some froward people in my day. That’s a good one!

  6. October 3, 2012 10:33 am

    Spellcheck keeps wanting to correct “froward” to “forward,” but I love that word! Definitely a classy alternative to rowdy and, well, habitually disobedient. Very concise.

  7. zibilee permalink
    October 3, 2012 10:41 am

    Love the word chapfallen. It evokes such a strong mental picture for me!

  8. October 3, 2012 10:48 am

    I think I must have always seen froward as a typo for forward. As for chapfallen, as a long-time Chicago Cubs fan, I have first-hand experience with the feeling. 😀

  9. October 3, 2012 11:17 am

    Makes me wonder what sort of relationship of origins (if any) chapfallen has with crestfallen. Fun words today!

  10. October 3, 2012 11:27 am

    Soon we will be getting gelid temperatures, I hope not too soon.

  11. October 3, 2012 11:38 am

    GREAT words….I like FROWARD. 🙂

    Silver’s Reviews

  12. October 3, 2012 11:53 am

    Oh yeah, I’d think froward was a misspelling too, especially if I was reading quickly.

  13. October 3, 2012 12:50 pm

    Gelid was easy as it is Latin based…think gelato. And chapfallen sounds like a word a young kid put together. I like words like that!

  14. October 3, 2012 2:54 pm

    Think gelato! That’s a great connection Laura has made. Super words. Chapfallen seems a very poignant and personal take on depressing with the ‘chap’ built in like that.

  15. Patty permalink
    October 3, 2012 3:14 pm

    I love all of those words if I could only remember to use them!

  16. October 3, 2012 4:55 pm

    All new to me! Froward looks like a typo to me, too.

  17. bookingmama permalink
    October 3, 2012 5:13 pm

    Chapfallen is a great word! And I definitely feel your pain!

  18. October 3, 2012 9:34 pm

    Gelid? NO THANK YOU! 🙂 I’ll take the warm weather anyday…

  19. October 3, 2012 11:09 pm

    Chapfallen is similar to crestfallen, I think. Gelid I’ve come across before, and froward is close to forward. Excellent words this week!

  20. October 4, 2012 11:15 pm

    The only one I knew is chapfallen. Hope the season improves for the Hokies!

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