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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 8, 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!

So far this week, I haven’t encountered any new words in my reading so I’m relying on my Word-a-Day calendar today.

1. hachure – “In the early years of the survey, hachuring was used to indicate the steepness of slopes on maps. . .” – – – Robin E. Kelsey, The Art Bulletin, December 1, 2003

Hachure is a verb that means to shade with or show by short lines used for denoting surfaces in relief (as in a map drawing) and drawn in the direction of slope.


2. maieutic – “I am grateful to him for his maieutic inquiry about my own views, which had not crystallized.” – – – William F. Buckley, Jr., Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 27, 1973

Maieutic is an adjective that means relating to or resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another.


3. encomium – “The book is beautifully written and unquestioningly deserves the encomiums of critics . . .” – – – David Milofsky, The Denver Post, August 2, 2009

Encomium is a noun that means glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise, also: an expression of this.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2013 5:34 am

    Wow, couldn’t they put any more vowels in maieutic? I would never ever be able to spell that one. and I love the positive encomium! I think I ‘ve looked that one up before…

  2. thewrredhead permalink
    May 8, 2013 5:48 am

    Wow great words, all new to me this week! Maieutic is so…vowelly.

  3. May 8, 2013 7:00 am

    I love thewrredhead’s comment! LOL And really, you’d think Buckley would just say “Socratic”! LOL

  4. May 8, 2013 10:03 am

    Your words are quite esoteric, Kathy. Nothing beats the word-a-day calendar for new words! 🙂

  5. May 8, 2013 10:09 am

    I’ll put on my dunce hat now … LOL. I didn’t know any of them!

  6. May 8, 2013 10:29 am

    I didn’t know any of these either!

  7. May 8, 2013 10:31 am

    I did it! I posted my very first Wondrous Words Wednesday in Italian! It’s a great revision for me as well. LOL

    Great words there, Kathy. And I know none of them…

  8. May 8, 2013 11:06 am

    Tough words!

  9. May 8, 2013 11:09 am

    Great words, liked encomium.

  10. May 8, 2013 11:53 am

    I love my word calendar too. I like Jill’s comment about Buckley. I’ll bet he went to a thesaurus just for that word instead of shouiting Socratic. LOL

  11. May 8, 2013 1:18 pm

    Wow. I’m humbled. Didn’t know any of these. Enconium reminds me of meconium- NOT the same type of word at all. Thanks for sharing!

  12. May 8, 2013 3:48 pm

    weird and awesome

  13. Patty permalink
    May 8, 2013 4:32 pm

    I don’t even get what the first two words mean with their meanings right there!

  14. May 8, 2013 6:23 pm

    I just learned three new words!!

  15. May 8, 2013 9:10 pm

    I too just learned three words, what was I doing in Geography that I didn’t know these.

  16. May 8, 2013 11:47 pm

    Ooh I need a little more encomium in my life. I didn’t know any of these words, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. May 9, 2013 1:00 am

    I’ll have to include encomium in a review sometime. Good ones!

  18. May 9, 2013 11:41 am

    Good old William F. Buckley. You could always count on him to use a word no one had ever heard of as he looked down his nose at everyone.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    May 10, 2013 8:09 am

    Those are way too smart for me! It figures that I wouldn’t know the first once since I can’t even read a map! LOL!

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