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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 5, 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 Word-a-Day Calendar for words this week.

1. estival – “The children were already looking forward to the laziness of school-free estival afternoons, and it was barely April.”

Estival means of or relating to the summer.  I’m looking forward to estival afternoons, too, and it’s barely December.


2. bouquiniste – “During the 1930s, the young writer could often be found searching out rare books in the stalls of the bouquinistes along the river Seine.”

A bouquiniste is a dealer in secondhand books – this word originated with the book dealers along the Seine but is now used in English as well.


3. deterge – “In order to prevent infection, it is necessary to properly deterge and disinfect the wound.”

Once you read the sentence, the meaning of this word is pretty obvious – deterge means to wash off: to cleanse.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2012 7:27 am

    Great words….thanks.

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  2. December 5, 2012 7:49 am

    I love “of or related to” words, like estival, and brumal, and bovid, and all those! So fun!

  3. bookingmama permalink
    December 5, 2012 7:55 am

    Deterge — detergent!!! I get it! I wonder if festival came from estival too.

  4. December 5, 2012 9:45 am

    Thanks! I especially like using words to make links with other words- like how bookingmama made the leap from deterge to detergent. Helps things stick in my brain. Nice to meet some fellow word nerds! I see in your side bar you follow Hokie Sports- what is your connection to VT? I live about an hour from Blacksburg; my son practices soccer in the shadow of Lane Stadium. I’m a Wahoo, so being on the Tech campus gives me hives, but I’m learning to live with them. 🙂

  5. December 5, 2012 9:47 am

    Great works! I like the word Deterge.

  6. December 5, 2012 9:59 am

    I love the word bouquiniste, and I would also love to be one. 🙂

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 5, 2012 10:41 am

    Terrific words! Estival was new to me.

  8. December 5, 2012 11:21 am

    All new to me, deterge does relate to detergent.

  9. December 5, 2012 12:32 pm

    I like those little word-a-day calendars too. They always have interesting and fun new words. This reminds me that it’s time to look for the one for 2013.

  10. December 5, 2012 12:58 pm

    Without the context I wouldn’t have guessed those meanings. I like “estival” best – for some reason in my mind I’m hearing it with a cockney accent. 🙂

  11. December 5, 2012 1:25 pm

    ‘Estival’ is a good one — very dramatic sounding! I don’t have any word offerings, but the book I reviewed today, Vine is loaded with great possibilities — it was a treasure trove of little used/known words. Very fun to read.

  12. December 5, 2012 2:42 pm

    I’m eagerly awaiting estival days too. When I say it, it sounds like I forgot the ‘F’ in festival. And because of that, it will be an easy new word to remember!

  13. December 5, 2012 2:51 pm

    I love estival and bouquiniste!

    I wish I had time to do this fun meme today! Here is a word from my word-a-day calendar: Mrs. Grundy, which means one marked by prudish conventionality. You can even use the plural, Mrs. Grundys. 🙂

  14. December 5, 2012 4:01 pm

    bouquiniste, cool

  15. December 5, 2012 4:53 pm

    Great words, I’m looking forward to estival afternoons too 🙂

  16. December 5, 2012 4:56 pm

    Great words, although now I’m wishing for summer temps.

  17. Patty permalink
    December 5, 2012 5:36 pm

    Lovely yet quite unusual words…

  18. December 5, 2012 6:37 pm

    Sometimes I really wonder how those words are decided upon to be words…you know what I mean?? 😉

  19. December 5, 2012 7:40 pm

    Interesting! I would have thought that estival was a typo! Learn something new everyday!

  20. December 6, 2012 3:34 am

    I thought for sure it was a typo! Love the sound of ‘estival’ and yes, wouldn’t it be lovely to be a bouquiniste!?

  21. kaye permalink
    December 7, 2012 6:32 am

    Estival made me think of Seinfeld episode with festivus ( for the rest of us). I don’t know why but it did,. Great words this week!

  22. December 8, 2012 9:38 pm

    The only word I knew was bouquiniste. The other two do make sense. The joys of living in Australia-I’m enjoying an estival afternoon right now!

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