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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 29, 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 again.  I chose these words because they seem like words I could incorporate in a conversation.

1. tristful – “Oberlus was at least an accomplished writer, and no mere boor; and what is more, was capable of the most tristful eloquence.” – – – Herman Melville, The Piazza Tales

Tristful is an adjective that means sad or melancholy.

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2. trumpery – “Moving to a new house has given me an excuse to toss out years of accumulated knick-knacks and trumpery.”

I wish that happened when we moved!  Trumpery is a noun that means trivial or useless articles: junk.

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3. causerie – “The author ends the book with an insightful, witty causerie on the benefit and drawbacks of communicating through social networking Web sites.”

In this instance, causerie means a short informal essay.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2013 4:07 am

    Now I know what causerie is! Thank you, Kathy!

  2. May 29, 2013 5:23 am

    But doesn’t Trumpery mean, having a really horrible comb-over/toupee?

  3. May 29, 2013 6:55 am

    interesting! I didn’t know what causerie is 🙂

  4. May 29, 2013 7:28 am

    I guessed the meaning of each..and was wrong on every one.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 29, 2013 8:40 am

    I love “trumpery” … and I try very hard not to have any!

  6. May 29, 2013 10:59 am

    I felt a little tristful on Memorial Day.

  7. May 29, 2013 12:55 pm

    Tristful is like wistful (but different). Wonderful words! If I could only remember to use them in my writing! 🙂

  8. May 29, 2013 2:17 pm

    I could guess tristful based on my Spanish knowledge (which is rapidly deteriorating because I don’t use it much). “Triste” in Spanish means “sad.” Love those Latin roots. And I will definitely use the word “trumpery” as my kids and I attack the junk in their bedrooms during the first week of summer vacation! Thanks Kathy

  9. Patty permalink
    May 29, 2013 3:08 pm

    Your words are always pretty amazing!

  10. May 29, 2013 3:20 pm

    Tristful and trumpery will be making their way into my vocabulary. They’re awesome.

  11. May 29, 2013 3:21 pm

    You found some good ones on your calendar. I wonder if an informative blog post could be considered a causerie?

  12. May 29, 2013 7:46 pm

    I like all of these, especially the way tristful sounds.

  13. May 30, 2013 7:08 am

    Tristful makes sense, from the French, but I’ve never heard it before!

  14. May 30, 2013 10:14 am

    Wonderful words!

  15. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 30, 2013 10:43 am

    I like tristful.

  16. May 30, 2013 12:46 pm

    like all the words.. the only one i knew today was trumpery..

  17. bookingmama permalink
    June 4, 2013 3:01 pm

    I only knew tristful!

  18. June 9, 2013 6:21 pm

    I never would’ve figured trumpery for what it was!

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