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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 2, 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!

Since I didn’t find any new words in my reading, I had to go back to my Word-a-Day calender this week.  I chose these words because they remind me of other, more common, words.

1. evitable – “Jake’s stubborn refusal to ask for directions was, in Marilyn’s mind, the cause of their evitable lateness to the party.”

Evitable is an adjective that means capable of being avoided.


2. chouse – “In Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, Mr. Cruncher says, ‘If I ain’t . . . been choused this last week into as bad luck as ever a poor devil of a honest tradesman met with!’.”

Chouse is a verb that means to cheat or trick.


3. vaticination – “The play’s protagonist is a teenager with a knack for prophesy and a fondness for offering strangers her vaticinations.”

Vaticination is a noun that means prediction.  It can also mean the art of prophesying.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

24 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2013 8:26 am

    Evitable has the root word evitare which means to avoid in Italian, so I was able to guess its meaning, but vaticination threw me for a loop! It sounds so much like vaccination.

  2. October 2, 2013 9:11 am

    I guessed evitable based on “inevitable”– kinda like my word a few weeks ago- nocuous, the antonym of innocuous. Good word exercises! And chouse is such a Dickens word! Thanks Kathy!

  3. October 2, 2013 9:39 am

    Good words, Kathy! I guessed the meaning of evitable, but the others had me stumped.

  4. October 2, 2013 10:02 am

    Thinking chouse could be used in a sentence describing our government today!

  5. October 2, 2013 11:02 am

    Great words, Kathy. I’ve never heard or read chouse or vaticination (quite a mouthful) before. I’ll try to keep chouse in mind when I’m reading Dickens! Evitable is very similar to some more popular words.

  6. October 2, 2013 11:10 am

    I like chouse. It does sound like something from Dickens. My automatic word corrector doesn’t like it. It keeps changing it to choose. Now it thinks I’ve just misspelled it. lol

  7. October 2, 2013 1:35 pm

    great words, as always.

  8. October 2, 2013 1:39 pm

    Good words, especially chouse.

  9. lab1990 permalink
    October 2, 2013 2:04 pm

    I like vaticination!

    lauren from

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 2, 2013 2:22 pm

    Chouse? I like it!

  11. Patty permalink
    October 2, 2013 3:07 pm

    Love these…every Sunday in the NYT there is a madeup word that totally makes sense…just like these real words do!

  12. October 2, 2013 5:01 pm

    I’d heard of inevitable, but not evitable. Excellent words from your desk calendar, Kathy! 🙂

  13. October 2, 2013 5:41 pm

    I could figure out evitable, but the other words I was unfamiliar with. I enjoy these weekly posts and I wish I highlighted or wrote down the words I do have to look up. When I read Burial Rites it was often…nordic/Icelandic terms I had to look up.

  14. October 2, 2013 5:44 pm

    I could guess the meanings of #1 and #3 but you lost me with chouse. Fun words!

  15. October 2, 2013 6:34 pm

    I guessed the first word, but the other two stumped me. I’ve never heard the word vaticination used in reference to prophesying.

  16. October 2, 2013 7:11 pm

    I like choused, it has a nice ring to it.

  17. October 2, 2013 9:05 pm

    Great words. I’m going to put a Word of the Day calendar on my Christmas list.

  18. October 3, 2013 7:13 am

    It’s sort of funny to substitute the word vaccination for vaticination and put it into the sentence. well, sort of fun for me, anyway…

  19. October 3, 2013 8:52 am

    Very interesting words. All new for me. I always find it amazing that with words like editable, the inverse, inevitable is an every day word, but I’ve never seen evitable before, but it’s just so obvious. Dickensian words are always fab- chouse is no exception of course.

  20. October 3, 2013 10:29 am

    Chouse is a word I need to start using!

  21. October 3, 2013 7:51 pm

    Great words. My favorite is chouse.

  22. October 4, 2013 11:53 am

    They are sneakily like other words aren’t they. Fabulous. They make you look twice. Thanks so much for hosting.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:48 am

    Wow — not a clue about any of them! Chouse is pretty cool!

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