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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 2, 2013

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!

Today, I have a couple of hyphenated words from my Word-a-Day Calendar.

1. simon-pure – “Alfred is a simon-pure Republican, rocked in his cradle to the stirring rhythms of GOP speeches, grown to a man sure to vote the party line.”

Simon-pure means of untainted purity or integrity; also, pretentiously or hypocritically pure.  This phrase comes from a character in the play, A Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susannah Centlivre.


2. cap-a-pie – “The birthday girl — dressed cap-a-pie as a princess, from tiara to sequined slippers — waited excitedly for her guests to arrive.”

Cap-a-pie means from head to foot.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2013 7:00 am

    Kathy, My vocab post today has a lot of political references in it, so I was tickled that you shared “simon-pure”. I’ve never heard that before, but I can think of some “simon-pure” people I know… Guess what? Meme made Merriam-Webster’s top ten words of 2012. You’re so trendy!

  2. bookingmama permalink
    January 2, 2013 9:46 am

    Simon-pure is totally new to me. What a cool word and I love that you identified where it came from.

  3. January 2, 2013 10:57 am

    I guess it would be incorrect to label any politician as “simon-pure.” LOL

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 2, 2013 10:59 am

    Great words, Kathy. You totally stumped me with both of them.

  5. January 2, 2013 11:00 am

    I have to laugh when pondering how to add that in my everyday vocabulary… 🙂

  6. January 2, 2013 11:30 am

    New words for me,glad you shared.

  7. January 2, 2013 11:51 am

    I like cap-a-pie. I can imagine the little girl in your sentence very clearly. Great words today!

  8. January 2, 2013 1:01 pm

    I’ve never come across either of those before. I could figure them out in context, but standing alone, nope.

  9. January 2, 2013 1:27 pm

    These are wonderful hyphenated words, a great way to start the new year! I need to get a new Word-a-Day calendar, soon. 🙂

  10. January 2, 2013 3:20 pm

    I love the word simon-pure.

  11. January 2, 2013 4:02 pm

    I like both words….thanks.

  12. January 2, 2013 4:48 pm

    Cap-a-pie….Love it! I will have to work that one into a conversation some time soon. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

  13. January 2, 2013 4:56 pm

    Cool words, they are both new to me.

  14. January 2, 2013 5:41 pm

    I hadn’t heard of either of these, but I really like cap-a-pie. Kind of a fun ring to it!!


  15. January 2, 2013 7:15 pm

    Yikes! I posted last night but forgot to link up! Anyhow, that cap-a-pie is the best. Italian, I assume. Very cool.

  16. Patty permalink
    January 2, 2013 8:57 pm

    I clearly now have an all time new favorite word…capapie! I love it!

  17. January 2, 2013 11:48 pm

    they truly are interesting words. I have never ever heard of them before 🙂

  18. January 3, 2013 3:13 pm

    I swear I wonder if I truly do read at all…I don’t think I pay as close attention to some of the vocabulary that I should! 😀

  19. January 3, 2013 7:27 pm

    Cap-a-pie didn’t make much sense to me until I remembered that “pie” is foot in Spanish. Fun stuff!

  20. January 4, 2013 10:25 pm

    I like your two hyphenated words. Simon-pure sounds familiar to me so it must be old – lol.

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