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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 26, 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 The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

1. stodge – “Nor were his lungs turned to glue or his brains to stodge by the gas.”

Stodge means something or someone stodgy – in other words, boring or dull.


2. stoush – “After the war, people tried to make allowances for the men who’d come back a bit too fond of drink or a stoush, or the ones who couldn’t hold down a job for more than a few days.”

Stoush is slang used in Australia and New Zealand and it means fighting or a fight.


3. jarrah – “The long, thin jetty at Point Partageuse was made from the same jarrah that rattled along it in rail carriages to be hauled onto ships.”

Jarrah is a tall eucalyptus of western Australia with a rough bark, alternate leaves, and durable hard wood.  Also: its wood.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2013 8:29 am

    I can totally relate to the brains-to-stodge thing. I don’t suppose the book talks about an antidote? :–)

  2. gautami tripathy permalink
    June 26, 2013 8:49 am

    I did not know stoush or jarrah. Interesting words. I am glad to be here again doing this meme!!

  3. June 26, 2013 9:34 am

    I like stoush. It sounds like a word my husband would love to work into his vocabulary! Haha.

  4. bookingmama permalink
    June 26, 2013 11:09 am

    I had no idea that stodge could be a noun. Very interesting.

  5. June 26, 2013 12:00 pm

    It’s nice to see the word stodge/stodgy again. It was a word used often and I used to think it meant old, as in “He’s a stodgy, old fellow.” I’ll have to be careful now in who I call stodgy.

  6. June 26, 2013 12:02 pm

    I’ve heard the word stodgy before not stodge. I’ve always liked the sound of that word. It even sounds dull and boring. Lol.

  7. June 26, 2013 12:18 pm

    Hi Kath,

    The only one of your words I didn’t know this week was ‘stoush’, but I am already longing to introduce it into a conversation, just to see what kind of reaction I get!

    I checked out ‘The Light Between Oceans’ and just the synopsis almost reduced me to tears, this is a definite for my reading list.

    I am also currently reading an Australian book, which has a similarly emotional storyline, although ‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’ is about the indigenous Aboriginal population of that country.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting this great meme,


  8. June 26, 2013 1:10 pm

    Cool. new ones again

  9. talesofwhimsy permalink
    June 26, 2013 2:23 pm

    Stoush? I never would have guessed that.

  10. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 26, 2013 2:37 pm

    Great words. Jarrah was new to me!

  11. June 26, 2013 2:45 pm

    Jarrah is a lovely word! Your book is a good source of new words.

  12. June 26, 2013 4:13 pm

    I knew stodge! Yay! Thanks for sharing!

  13. June 26, 2013 4:15 pm

    …and my vocabulary grows, thanks.

  14. Patty permalink
    June 26, 2013 4:44 pm

    My my…such interesting words…I am particularly fond of stoush!

  15. June 26, 2013 6:10 pm

    I bet I could work stoush into my category since I work at a public school! Great words this week.

  16. June 26, 2013 8:53 pm

    I knew the first one, but not the other two.

  17. June 26, 2013 9:04 pm

    I only knew the first one…bummer for me!

  18. June 28, 2013 1:05 am

    All three words are new to me!

  19. Michelle Fidler permalink
    June 28, 2013 4:08 pm

    This reminds me of the vocabulary section in the back of Reader’s Digest magazine. They give you multiple choice answers. Check it out! I usually get a lot of them right.

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