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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 16, 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!

I had to go back to my Word-a-Day calender this week.  I chose these words because I think they’re fun.

1. bardolater – “You don’t have to be a bardolater to enjoy the city’s delightful Shakespeare in the Park series.”

A bardolater is a person who idolizes Shakespeare.

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2. tantivy – “The horse rushed tantivy over the dirt roads that wound through the fields and pastures.”

Tantivy is an adverb that means in a headlong dash: at a gallop.

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3. muzzy – “You get that muzzy feeling after taking codeine products, and they can actually give you a mild headache, too.” — Dr. Richard Deacon, Daily Mail (London), January 19, 2010


Muzzy is an adjective that means muddled or confused in mind in this case. It is believed that it was formed by combing muddled and fuzzy.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2013 7:00 am

    Okay, my first guess on “bardolater” was someone who distributes weights at the gym! The first two were new to me — great choices.

  2. October 16, 2013 8:03 am

    I remember inventing muzzy as a uni student back in the 80s! We referred to ourselves as muzzy all the time. Perhaps it wasn’t original? But we thought it was. What a fun word bardolater is. Never heard of tantivy either.

  3. October 16, 2013 8:46 am

    I love bardo later!

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 16, 2013 9:33 am

    These are all new to me. Muzzy made me laugh!

  5. October 16, 2013 9:50 am

    I’ve always considered myself a (little) bit of a wordsmith. I have a decent vocabulary and a strong desire to learn new words. Despite that, you usually come up with a couple of words that I’ve never heard of before. The 1st 2 for sure. The last one is, at least, somewhat figure-out-able. I look forward to your Wondrous Wednesday posts.

  6. October 16, 2013 11:16 am

    I don’t need codeine to feel muzzy- just call it motherhood! Great word- will definitely become part of my lexicon. And, I’m proud to call myself a bardolater. Fantastic words today, Kathy!

  7. October 16, 2013 12:02 pm

    I like muzzy too. I’ve always liked befuddled but muzzy seems to be more effective. I’ll use use this one – probably today. It’s so much better than “senior moment.”

  8. October 16, 2013 12:04 pm

    That muzzy feeling is familiar to me! That’s my new favorite word.

  9. October 16, 2013 12:51 pm

    Bardolater and tantivy are wonderful words! We played “Muzzy” videos to help the kids learn Spanish when they were younger; your definition is new to me. Excellent words today!

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 16, 2013 12:55 pm

    Muzzy? I love it. Better than fuzzy.

  11. Patty permalink
    October 16, 2013 3:54 pm

    I love combined words so muzzy is my favorite!

  12. October 16, 2013 4:07 pm

    Muzzy is a good word sometimes I get that feeling.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/10/wondrous-words-wednesday_16.html

  13. October 16, 2013 4:30 pm

    I think my day’s are Muzzy even without the codiene.

  14. October 16, 2013 4:48 pm

    I love muzzy, it’s just so obvious! But bardolater sounds like a scientific instrument… Lol. 🙂 Cool picks honey. I love this meme, I always learn things.

  15. October 16, 2013 8:53 pm

    All new words to me too. I’m making muzzy my new word for tomorrow. Now to use it 3 times, then it’s mine, right??

  16. October 16, 2013 11:06 pm

    I love bardolater. I’ve never heard that word before. haha

  17. October 16, 2013 11:24 pm

    tantivy….what a weird word! I like that it was related to horses! (I’m not sure if my link posted!)

  18. October 17, 2013 12:28 am

    I think muzzy sounds familiar to me…

  19. bookingmama permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:37 am

    I love bardolater too! It makes sense if you think about it. And so does muzzy.

  20. October 17, 2013 7:04 am

    I understood muzzy right away, probably because I’ve experienced it many times!!

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