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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 23, 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!

My first word this week came from Jill of Rhapsody in Books‘ review of Magisterium.

1. salmagundis – “I’m all for salmagundis in food, but generally not so much a fan of it in books.”

Salmagundi is a heterogeneous mixture: potpourri.


My second word came from News From Heaven by Jennifer Haigh.

2. gonif– “You know what gonif means?

When I looked up gonif in my dictionary, it referred me to ganef, which is Yiddish slang for thief or rascal.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2013 6:56 am

    That’s funny that News From Heaven would have the sentence “You know what gonif means?” and then not include a definition!

  2. January 23, 2013 9:16 am

    These are both new to me. Happy reading!

  3. January 23, 2013 10:42 am

    I am familiar with salmagundy, but not with gonif. Interesting words!

  4. zibilee permalink
    January 23, 2013 11:05 am

    I had wondered what Jill’s word meant when I saw it in her review, but didn’t look it up. I’m glad you did, because now my curiosity has been satiated!

  5. January 23, 2013 11:06 am

    The usage is amusing for both of these words. That’s great that one of your words came from a book review!

  6. bookingmama permalink
    January 23, 2013 1:23 pm

    Between Jill and her hubby, I’m sure we can come up with a few more words for WWW!

  7. January 23, 2013 1:47 pm

    I think Jill has the most extensive vocabulary in the blogging world. It’s always a pleasure to find new words in her posts.

  8. January 23, 2013 2:11 pm

    Salmagundis is such a fun word! It sounds like what it is – a bunch of stuff mixed together. I’m gonna use that one on the kids this afternoon!

  9. January 23, 2013 2:33 pm

    Two great words! I’m familiar with both but they aren’t exactly part of my daily vocab. Thanks!

  10. Patty permalink
    January 23, 2013 2:44 pm

    Yummy odd words as usual…

  11. January 23, 2013 3:02 pm

    Great words, Kathy. You stumped me with gonif.

  12. January 23, 2013 7:34 pm

    Salmagundi is great! I’ve heard it before, but I’m not sure in what context. Gonif is completely new to me.

    I was happy to be able to “play along” today!

  13. January 24, 2013 8:42 am

    Wonderful! I’ve run across a few new words in the last week; maybe I can get inspired to do a post for next Wednesday.

  14. January 24, 2013 10:06 am

    I agree that Jill and Jim can provide tons of new words for us to look up. Jill’s reviews are both funny and educational. You can’t get any better than that.

  15. January 24, 2013 11:22 am

    I cannot WAIT to use salmagundis in a sentence. Ha!

  16. January 24, 2013 2:36 pm

    I can’t even pronounce the first word!! 😀

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