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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 22, 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!

This week’s words came from a variety of places.

My first word came form Rhapsody in Books review of The Art of Power by Jon Meacham.

1. hagiography – ” In sum, one might call this a modified hagiography of Jefferson.”

I think I’ve looked this word up before but I wasn’t 100% sure what it meant.  Hagiography is a noun that means literature dealing with venerated persons or writings.  Hopefully, I’ll remember it next time!


My second word came from The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.

2. cemesto – “It developed, with the Celotex Corporation, a cheap, versatile material called cemesto board.”

This word is actually defined in the book a little later:

Cemesto. Cement and asbestos, a pairing that in many ways made the town of Oak Ridge possible, was a potent mix of prefabulousness.

It sounds similar to today’s Hardie board.


My final word came from The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace.

3. revenant – “Apparently, this: revenants with no clear lines, gray, fading in and out of focus as you looked at them.”

Revenant is a noun that means one that returns after death or a long absence.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. thewrredhead permalink
    May 22, 2013 6:11 am

    I thought I knew revenant but didn’t…I think I was thinking of reverent! Interesting words this week.

  2. May 22, 2013 6:49 am

    So glad you’re reading the Kiernan book. It’s really illuminating!

  3. May 22, 2013 7:39 am

    Cemesto is an interesting word combination!

  4. debbierodgers permalink
    May 22, 2013 8:24 am

    I’m sure I didn’t know a word such as revenant was necessary, let alone in existence.

    My words today have to do with architecture – a field which yields a seemingly endless list of obscure terms. 😉

  5. May 22, 2013 9:03 am

    Great words! I usually hear revenant in reference to ghosts and hauntings.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 22, 2013 10:12 am

    Yet another Wondrous Words Wednesday when I have to put on my dunce cap! I didn’t know any of them … LOL!

  7. May 22, 2013 11:05 am

    None were familiar to me,yet interesting.

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 22, 2013 12:53 pm

    I like revenant.

  9. May 22, 2013 1:13 pm

    Well, I don’t know cemesto, but I do know Hardie board- my house is covered in it! Very low maintenance. Thanks for sharing. I’m feeling very small brained today!

  10. May 22, 2013 3:09 pm

    Who knew that prefab was short for prefabulousness? Now that’s pretty wild.

  11. May 22, 2013 3:19 pm

    Kathy, your reading is leading you to some excellent and erudite words! I will add these to my vocab list.

  12. May 22, 2013 3:59 pm

    I knew hagiography, because I was a history major. The others were new to me!

  13. May 22, 2013 8:56 pm

    I loved these words and tried to figure them out just as they way they were luck. I had to read your descriptions!! 🙂

  14. Patty permalink
    May 22, 2013 9:04 pm

    There is no way I could ever remember a word like hagiography!

  15. May 22, 2013 9:18 pm

    Hagiography looked familiar to me too. No way could I remember the meaning so thanks to you and Jill for the new word.

  16. joyweesemoll permalink
    May 22, 2013 10:59 pm

    All new to me! I like hagiography.

  17. May 23, 2013 12:39 am

    Hmmm, for some reason thought revenant meant something else. Don’t think I’ve ever heard of the other two.

  18. May 23, 2013 4:21 pm

    all new words for me.. enjoyed learning today’s words..

  19. May 23, 2013 8:03 pm

    I read a paranormal series that’s about revenants. They are kind of zombie types in the books which I guess fits the description. Interesting words, as always.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    May 24, 2013 2:21 pm

    Heck I don’t even know what Hardie board is!

  21. May 25, 2013 5:01 am

    Cemesto – what a word!

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