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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 23, 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!

All of these words came from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

1. hiragana – “‘Oh, I figured it out, all right,’ said Andy grimly, returning to his hiragana workbook.”

Hiragana is the cursive script that is one of two sets of symbols of Japanese syllabic writing.


2. mingy – “Welty’s father had grown to hate the hairdresser so much that he’d made it plain in the will that neither she nor Juliet was to get a cent, apart from whatever mingy child support was required by law.”

According to my dictionary, mingy might be a blend of mean and stingy and it means mean, stingy.  I like this word a lot and think I can add it to my vocabulary!


3. fillip – “’Bacca-rat!’ said Xandra — rolling the r, doing a tricky little fillip with her fingers.”

Fillip has quite a few meanings – the one that seems to fit this sentence the best is a blow or gesture made by the sudden forcible straightening of a finger curled up against the thumb.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2013 7:19 am

    Great words – mingy reminds me of whingy or whinging, which one of my British colleagues uses all the time.

  2. October 23, 2013 8:12 am

    Can’t wait to hear how you like The Goldfinch!

  3. October 23, 2013 9:02 am

    I’m with you- mingy is my favorite here today, and it seems like something I could work into my lexicon!

  4. Patty permalink
    October 23, 2013 9:09 am

    Ooh…I love mingy! I love combined sort of made up words!

  5. October 23, 2013 9:09 am

    All new words to me. But I especially like mingy and fillip. I think I do fillips, now and then! LOL Always cognizant of which particular finger.

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 23, 2013 9:12 am

    I kinda love mingy.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 23, 2013 10:13 am

    HA! I love fillip and mingy.

  8. October 23, 2013 11:28 am

    I agree with you, Mingy is a good word I can use today.

  9. October 23, 2013 11:52 am

    The Goldfinch looks good! Mingy and fillip are such fun words.

  10. October 23, 2013 12:38 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I have never read any of Donna Tartt’s books, although this one does have a very intriguing synopsis, so I may add it to my list. I am not too keen on the cover art I have to say, but then, Donna’s previous books all seem to have some very unique covers.

    The only one of your words that I know this week is mingy, so this must be a word more often used here in the UK, where it is commonplace and used on a daily basis.

    Hiragana is completely unkonown to me and whilst I know of fillip this is only in the context of … “something which acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity”, so your definition was new to me.

    Thanks for sharing and for hosting this week,


  11. lab1990 permalink
    October 23, 2013 2:34 pm

    Ooh interesting words!!

    Lauren from

  12. October 23, 2013 3:53 pm

    I also like mingy, it sort of rymes with stingy.

  13. October 23, 2013 7:33 pm

    I like mingy too, and fillip is cool too.

  14. October 23, 2013 9:14 pm

    Hiragana, mingy, and fillip; I hope to use these words soon! The Goldfinch has some good new words. 🙂

  15. October 24, 2013 2:01 am

    Mingy is definitely a good one!

  16. October 24, 2013 2:56 am

    I like mingy too. Looks like it’s the word of the day!

  17. October 24, 2013 4:00 am

    Mingy is an awesome word! I’m sure I can incorporate that into my life in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  18. October 24, 2013 1:02 pm

    I’m still trying to picture fillip in my head. Mingy is a great word. I know a few people who fit that adjective. 😉

  19. October 26, 2013 6:31 pm

    They’re all new to me which is fabulous. I do like mingy and look forward to seeing you use it!! Thanks so much for hosting.

  20. October 29, 2013 5:10 am

    I know hiragana! That’s the only word I recognised from the three you listed. I once studied the Japanese language…

  21. bookingmama permalink
    October 30, 2013 6:20 pm

    I agree that mingy is a fantastic word! Perfect for a few people I know. LOL!

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