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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 14, 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 Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck.

1. mutable – “”But you can’t build a moat to keep out mutability,” said Scott.”

Mutable means prone to change: inconstant.


This week’s second word comes from The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café by Mary Simses.

2. derailleur – “I breathed in the cool, salty air and watched a boy coast down the street on a bike, the ticking from the derailleur growing softer as he faded from view.”

A derailleur is a mechanism for shifting gears on a bicycle that operates by moving the chain from one set of exposed gears to another.


I found this week’s third word in Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole.

3. kist – “Gran has kept all of the letters in a kist at the foot of her bed, with the pictures tacked inside the lid.”

Kist is chiefly Scottish and South African and means chest.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Brona permalink
    August 14, 2013 5:28 am

    I knew the first word, but the other two were completely new to me. I also went for some French words this week.

  2. August 14, 2013 6:23 am

    Perhaps kist for chest is related to kas for chest. This term was used by the early Dutch settlers in the Hudson River Valley.

  3. August 14, 2013 7:02 am

    Gosh I haven’t heard the word derailleur in years, since I stopped riding bikes, which I did after I had a Great Big Accident, after which I *should* have gotten back on, but never did, and now I won’t. So no more derailleurs for me!

  4. Patty permalink
    August 14, 2013 8:59 am

    Ok…is the opposite of mutable…immutable?

  5. August 14, 2013 9:33 am

    Great words. I’ve been wanting to read The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop.

  6. August 14, 2013 10:08 am

    I think I knew derailleur but the others are new. Letters from Skye is soon in my rotation, so that is one less word to look up. And now I’m off to find a copy of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop.

  7. August 14, 2013 10:16 am

    I almost always realize how small my vocabulary is with these posts, but I actually knew mutable. I use it on a regular basis, I feel so smart! 🙂

  8. August 14, 2013 10:54 am

    I too liked hearing derailed again. It used to be heard quite often but seems to have fallen out of usage.

  9. August 14, 2013 11:23 am

    I think I’ve heard of kist before. I like the way it looks. Mutable is definitely a word I can use often.

  10. August 14, 2013 11:26 am

    Mutable is a great word, and derailleur is so pretty. That Blueberry Bakeshop book sounds cute.

  11. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 14, 2013 11:35 am

    Terrific words, Kathy! I knew mutable, but the others had me stumped.

  12. August 14, 2013 12:03 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    A great selection of words this week and from some excellent sources.

    The only word I knew was ‘kist’, both the others were new to me.

    No way would I have known’Derailleur’, as I haven’t ridden a bike for more than 40 years and I don’t think that my bicycle then, even had gears!! LOL!

    Thanks for sharing your words and hosting this week.


  13. August 14, 2013 4:22 pm

    Good words, I have a kist at the foot of my bed.

  14. August 14, 2013 4:27 pm

    I knew mutable, but the other two I need to remember. Great to find new vocab words in books!

  15. August 14, 2013 9:48 pm

    I get it- mutable- like mutation! And I know about derailleur – my husband used to be big into biking. Thankfully, he realized that disappearing for 5 hours at a time didn’t win him brownie points with me, the mommy stuck at home with many children! 🙂

  16. bookingmama permalink
    August 16, 2013 8:57 am

    All new to me!!!

  17. August 17, 2013 8:23 pm

    I knew derailleur from my cycling days, mutable I’ve heard of but didn’t really know, kist is new to me too.

  18. August 20, 2013 12:36 pm

    Good words. I like the word kist and could see myself trying to use that one at some point to stump people.

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