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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 12, 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 found several words in Dare Me by Megan Abbott.

1. pule – “I can’t do it,” she pules to Beth and me.”

Pule means to whine or whimper.  I wish I’d known this word when Vance was younger!


2. thew – “I hold onto her shoulders, their tensile thew rocking in my hands.”

Since I use thew fairly often in Words with Friends, I thought I should finally look it up.  Thew means muscular power or development.


3. brisk – “It’s fine,” Coach says, brisking by me with a knowing face.”

I’m not sure why I didn’t figure this one out!  I knew brisk but had never seen it used this way.  In this case, brisk means energetic or quick.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

24 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2012 4:38 am

    Ha! These are all great words for WWF … I see my scores going up already.
    In my dreams.

  2. December 12, 2012 5:49 am

    that word “pule” is a really odd one. I can’t see my adding it to my vocab too soon!

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  3. December 12, 2012 5:55 am

    I knew brisk! I hear all the time about people going on brisk walks in the morning 🙂

  4. December 12, 2012 6:16 am

    I never saw brisk used that way either (I puled)….

  5. bookingmama permalink
    December 12, 2012 6:49 am

    It is an interesting way to use brisk.

  6. thewrredhead permalink
    December 12, 2012 7:10 am

    Oh I like pule! I have been known to pule from time to time…

  7. December 12, 2012 9:00 am

    Mmm…brisk…an adjective being used as a verb? Maybe that’s why you didn’t figure it out!

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    December 12, 2012 9:12 am

    I knew one! Nice. Kinda proud of myself right now. Yes I’m a dorkess.

  9. December 12, 2012 10:07 am

    Ha! A lot of “puling” goes on in my house. I like that one.

  10. December 12, 2012 10:17 am

    I have a friend writing a book set in a “Pirates of the Carribean” type atmosphere. I think “thew” would work well there- never heard of it! Sounds very antiquated. Same for pule. Can’t wait to use that one on my kids…

  11. December 12, 2012 10:42 am

    I’d never heard “thew” before — except that my little nephew always used it as the past tense of throw (“I thew the ball, Aunt Joy!”) Also never heard “brisk” used in that way — but I’ll definitely be using it now.

  12. December 12, 2012 11:07 am

    Interesting ! I never saw brisk used that way either.

  13. December 12, 2012 12:23 pm

    I like pule. I’m going to try to use it instead of whining. When I say the word “whining” it always comes out with a whining sound. I wonder if pule will eventually do the same.

  14. December 12, 2012 2:11 pm

    great words and all new to me.

  15. December 12, 2012 2:17 pm

    I really puling–it reminds me of Shakespeare’s “All the world’s a stage” passage in As you Like It Never heard of thew and brisk, so thanks–I feel more eddicated:)

  16. December 12, 2012 2:44 pm

    I’ve never seen brisk used that way, and the other two are new to me.

  17. December 12, 2012 3:01 pm

    I would never guess what pule means.

  18. December 12, 2012 5:18 pm

    Even shorter words can be noteworthy! Excellent “little” words today, Kathy! I am glad that I finally had the chance to post a new WWW. 🙂

  19. December 12, 2012 6:04 pm

    You stumped me with thew, but I knew the others!

  20. December 12, 2012 7:11 pm

    I have never seen brisk used that way either…interesting! Pule and thew are both new to me.

  21. December 12, 2012 8:03 pm

    those are all new words to me. Honestly, I thought they left out letters!! 😀

  22. Patty permalink
    December 12, 2012 8:21 pm

    I just realized I am a bit of a puler!

  23. December 17, 2012 9:03 pm

    I’ve never seen brisk used that way either, what 3 great short words.

  24. December 18, 2012 2:03 pm

    I’m going to start taking part in Wondrous Words Wednesday 🙂 I’m so excited!

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