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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 30, 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!

This week’s words came from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

1. poncy – “‘We dress you up in that poncy school jacket with the coat of arms, send you to the window, ‘Excuse me, miss –‘”

Poncy means pretentious or affected.


2. chlorotic – “Chlorotic, with a sunken chest, he smoked incessantly, wore cheap shirts that had grayed in the wash, drank endless cups of sugary tea.”

Chlorotic is a form of the word chlorosis which means an iron-deficiency anemia.


3. faff – “Didn’t I tell you not to faff around with that glass?”

According to my dictionary, faff is British and means to make a fuss over nothing.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2013 4:55 am

    I like faff. It’s easy to remember and I can start using it. Aha!

  2. October 30, 2013 7:53 am

    Ah, it’s killing me that I passed on the chance to get The Goldfinch!

  3. October 30, 2013 9:08 am

    The Goldfinch has been added to my ever-growing list of books I want to read. How will I ever read them all?! I think I could add faff to my regular vocabulary. I’m going to give it a try.

  4. October 30, 2013 9:25 am

    I knew poncy, but not the others.
    Another book for my TBR list!

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 30, 2013 9:46 am

    HA! I love the word faff.

  6. October 30, 2013 10:28 am

    I consider myself pretty well-read with a curiosity about words. And, yet, I almost never have heard of your words. And the thing is, they’re obviously used in regular conversation (or at least in books). I think it is very cool that you do this and stump me over and over again. When I do either know a word or at least recognize it, I am thrilled.

  7. October 30, 2013 10:59 am

    Poncy is the only word I was familiar with. The Goldfinch book sounds so good!

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 30, 2013 12:31 pm

    Poncy? I love it.

  9. October 30, 2013 1:51 pm

    Fun, whimsical words today. Does that say anything about “Goldfinch”? I’ve been known to faff over things around the house…

  10. October 30, 2013 2:38 pm

    I like your word-finds today. Makes me think the book is one I’d like too.

  11. October 30, 2013 3:25 pm

    Faff is a great word, I’ve never come across it before but I definitely want to use it! Poncy I’m familiar with as it used quite a bit on British tv shows and in British books.

  12. October 30, 2013 3:34 pm

    Kathy, faff is a good word to know and use! I’d like to read The Goldfinch.
    I’ve just posted my WWW, and I’ve bent the rules a bit!

  13. October 30, 2013 3:52 pm

    The Goldfinch sounds interesting, like the word faff.

  14. Patty permalink
    October 30, 2013 6:05 pm

    I love the word poncy!

  15. October 30, 2013 6:14 pm

    I only knew poncy!!!

  16. October 30, 2013 8:10 pm

    Great words. I think I have heard poncy before.

  17. October 30, 2013 9:25 pm

    I was 0/3 today Kathy — great choices!

  18. lab1990 permalink
    October 30, 2013 10:58 pm

    I knew poncy. haha love that word!

    Lauren from

  19. October 30, 2013 11:02 pm

    Three new words to me. I found one. From. THE WHOLE GOLDEN WORLD by Kristina Riggle. Schadenfreude satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. I’ve seen it twice since looking it up. Wild.

  20. October 31, 2013 5:20 pm

    I knew chlorotic, but not the other two.

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