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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 21, 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 Twitter.

1. olinguito

Olinguito isn’t in my dictionary but a quick search revealed it’s a newly discovered mammal.  You can see pictures and read more about it here.


My second and third words came from The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani.

2. frog – “Carved the packed dirt from his hooves and squirted iodine onto his frog to prevent thrush.”

I know what the amphibian frog is but didn’t think that made sense in this context so I looked it up.  I found out that frog it also the triangular elastic horny pad in the middle of the sole of the foot of a horse.  Horseman Magazine has an article on horse thrush that includes a photo of a frog.


3.  oxer – “There had already been one fall, a girl I didn’t know well tossed after her horse refused the oxer.”

According to wikipedia, “an oxer is a type of horse jump with two rails that may be set even or uneven.  The width between the poles may vary.”


What words do you want to celebrate today?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2013 7:07 am

    Great week for words, Kathy. The olinguito discovery made the front page in The Capital Times, which is the only reason on Earth I knew what it was? If the little lady really wants an olinguito, apparently some museum in North Carolina already has a stuffed animal available, according to the article!

  2. August 21, 2013 7:25 am

    Well, who knew a horse had a frog?

  3. August 21, 2013 7:27 am

    I agree with rhapsodyinbooks on that one! Interesting post. Thank you for introducing new words to us readers 🙂

  4. Joyful Reader permalink
    August 21, 2013 7:32 am

    This is my first time participating in this meme. I have really been using the dictionary a lot while reading An American Tragedy and I thought this would be a great place to share some things that I have learned. I also look forward to visiting around and getting to know new book bloggers! Thanks for hosting this!

  5. debbierodgers permalink
    August 21, 2013 8:36 am

    Great words this week, Kathy. I had not heard about the olinguito – that poor wee thing shipped from zoo to zoo to zoo, and never finding a mate. She must have been lonely! 😦

    As for the two horsey words: I have a friend who is a part-time farrier, and must quiz him on those.

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 21, 2013 8:55 am

    Frog? Who knew. Interesting.

  7. August 21, 2013 9:28 am

    I’d seen the news stories about the olinguito, but seeing it out of context there had completely forgotten about it! And I would have known frog as my teenage, horse mad self, but its clearly lost in the mists of time.

  8. August 21, 2013 10:05 am

    I followed the link and that olinguito is too cute!

  9. August 21, 2013 10:17 am

    Who would have guessed that frog meant anything else? Lol.

  10. August 21, 2013 10:21 am

    I had horses for most of my life, so frog and oxer were easy. But I’ve never heard of a olinguito until today.

  11. August 21, 2013 12:02 pm

    My daughter takes riding lessons- I’ll have to see if she knows about the frog in the foot! Thanks Kathy!

  12. August 21, 2013 1:01 pm

    I want an olinguito! Too too cute! kind of reminds me of the koala!

  13. Patty permalink
    August 21, 2013 3:12 pm

    Yes…I want one of those animals, too…there are like a kitty bear combo!

  14. August 21, 2013 3:40 pm

    I just read about that new mammal

  15. August 21, 2013 4:03 pm

    I like that you found a word on Twitter! Oxer will be good to keep in mind for Words with Friends. 🙂

  16. August 21, 2013 6:36 pm

    Great twitter word!

  17. August 21, 2013 9:08 pm

    I like that new mammal. Who would have thought?

  18. bookingmama permalink
    August 22, 2013 8:20 am

    I heard about the new mammal last week but didn’t know the name.

  19. Ruby Scarlett permalink
    August 22, 2013 3:02 pm

    Olingitos are cute! I’ve read Yonahlossee earlier this year too, it was really hard to put it down and I loved the horsey content.

  20. September 1, 2013 4:18 am

    That’s a new way of looking at frogs…

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