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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 31, 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!

This week’s words came from my handy Word-a-Day Calendar.  I chose these words because I think they’re fun to say.

1. wifty – “The actress herself is intelligent and serious, and has very little in common with the wifty character she plays on TV.”

Wifty is an adjective that means eccentrically silly, giddy, or inane: dizzy.


2. sockdolager – “For a while I was completely stumped, but then, all of a sudden, I got a sockdolager of an idea.”

In this case, sockdolager means something outstanding or exceptional.  I sure wish I’d get a sockdolager of an idea!


What words do you want to celebrate today?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2012 5:29 am

    I like that second word! I wish I’d have a sockdolager too.

  2. October 31, 2012 5:54 am

    Sockdolager is actually a very famous word! It was the trigger for John Wilkes Booth to go in and shoot Lincoln, because he knew right at the point, the audience would erupt in laughter and wouldn’t hear what he was up to! It was, therefore, one of the last words Lincoln every heard! (actually he heard it as “sockdolaging” as in, “you sockdologizing old mantrap!”)

  3. thewrredhead permalink
    October 31, 2012 6:16 am

    Sockdolager–awesome word! Can’t wait to throw that down in conversation!

  4. October 31, 2012 7:54 am

    sockdolager? come on, is that real?? lol

  5. October 31, 2012 9:17 am

    I’m too wifty to know about all this, but I love sockdolager. What book?, oh I see it was a Word Calendar. I’m putting one on my Christmas wish list.

  6. October 31, 2012 10:22 am

    I love the word Sockdolager! haha I would never think to use that word.

  7. October 31, 2012 10:59 am

    I’m hoping to have a sockdolager of an evening trick-or-treating with my kids, though the sugar high afterwards might make us wifty. 🙂 I like it!

  8. kaye permalink
    October 31, 2012 11:20 am

    Sockdolager 0 now that one I like!!

  9. October 31, 2012 11:29 am

    Sometimes I feel a little wifty, two words I didn’t know.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 31, 2012 12:16 pm

    OMG I love wifty. What a great word.

  11. October 31, 2012 12:35 pm

    Sockdolager — what a great word! Sounds British.

  12. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 31, 2012 12:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love the word “wifty” … LOL. I must use it in a future novel.

  13. October 31, 2012 1:07 pm

    You shared two really great words today. Wifty is a much better way to say silly. It sounds classier. I really like the addition info Jill gave on sockdolager. I’ll keep that in mind when I go to see the soon-to-be-released movie on Lincoln.

  14. October 31, 2012 1:41 pm

    Those are both new to me – fun words today!

  15. October 31, 2012 1:44 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I know of the word wifty, although it wouldn’t be used much here in the UK today, as it is too close to wifter, which among other things means smelly!

    Sockdolager is a word that I have never come across before, but is definitely one to drop into a conversation.

    I hope that your word-a-day calendar has many more such gems!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting,


  16. October 31, 2012 3:16 pm

    I especially love the sockdolager word…I am planning on using it at Thanksgiving!

  17. October 31, 2012 3:43 pm

    Sockdolager LOL

  18. October 31, 2012 4:25 pm

    Those words are both quirky….

  19. October 31, 2012 5:53 pm

    I guess the wifty character is a blonde.

  20. October 31, 2012 6:16 pm

    I like sockdolager! Now I need to find someplace to use it.

  21. October 31, 2012 7:55 pm

    Wifty is a terrific descriptive word, and I remember sockdolager from my own word-a-day calendar! 🙂

  22. October 31, 2012 11:25 pm

    I’m thinking many people would call me wifty! LOL

  23. November 3, 2012 7:52 pm

    I love the second word so much that I must, absolutely must figure out a way to use it!! 😀

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