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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 13, 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!

These are the last words I found in The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

1. fubsy – “Instead he didn’t say a word, only gazed at me with a sort of grieved fubsiness, haloed by his work lamp, tools arrayed on the walls behind him like Masonic icons.”

Fubsy means chubby and somewhat squat.


2. cavil – “And for all her infectious lightness of heart, I knew it was an extremely petty cavil that Kitsey never seemed particularly moved by anything.”

Cavil means to raise trivial and frivolous objection.


3. solfege – “My auditions – – ‘ large gulp of wine – – ‘pre-college orchestra at Juilliard, my solfege teacher had told me I might get second chair but if I played really well, I might have a shot at first.”

Solfege is the application of the solfa syllables to a musical scale or to a melody.  It’s also a singing exercise using solfa syllables.  Solfa syllables are the syllables do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti used in singing the tones of the scale.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2013 4:31 am

    Hi Kathy,

    What some great words this week, the only one I know is ‘cavil’, as I have come across this in a few of the historical romance novels I have read.

    I am not very musically inclined, so ‘solfege’ isn’t a word that I would ever really use ….

    Whilst I guess that ‘fubsy’ is probably a word that would be bandied in my direction, if I were to let any of my friends and acquaintances know of its existence in the first place!! I think that I would still preferred to be called chubby though, it sounds a bit nicer somehow!

    This book seems to have been quite a source of inspiration for new words and it has been receiving some excellent reviews and ratings, so I hope that you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for hosting,

  2. November 13, 2013 7:01 am

    I can’t believe how many words you have gotten out of that book!

  3. November 13, 2013 7:17 am

    GOLDFINCH is definitely one of those vocabulary-heavy books, but I love learning new words! I just made sure to keep my pocket dictionary at my bedside table. I missed solfege, though!

  4. November 13, 2013 8:00 am

    Well I hadn’t come across any of these words before, and it sounds like there have been quite a few more from this novel too! I really want to read this one soon!

  5. November 13, 2013 8:32 am

    Goldfinch is on my TBR list. I really love a book that has new words in it. Thanks for sharing. I do not have a post this week, but next week for sure.

  6. Patty permalink
    November 13, 2013 9:01 am

    I think if I ever had a bunny for a pet…I might just name it Fubsy!

  7. November 13, 2013 9:46 am

    Slightly knew cavil, but wouldn’t have been able to define it.

  8. November 13, 2013 10:04 am

    I’m definitely going to use fubsy today! just love the way it sounds!!!

  9. November 13, 2013 10:26 am

    Fubsy? Absolutely love that!

  10. November 13, 2013 11:10 am

    Fubsy is such a great word! I should have known sulfege, but I think I’ll remember it now. Cavil is also a good one. The Goldfinch is a wonderful source of words!

  11. November 13, 2013 11:17 am

    I was a music student but solfege is a word I didn’t come across. Interesting! Fubsy is such a fun descriptive word. The Goldfinch is the gift that keeps on giving 🙂

  12. November 13, 2013 11:29 am

    I love looking at the word ‘fubsy’. I’m still trying to picture how someone could look with a “grieved fubsiness.”

  13. November 13, 2013 11:54 am

    I’ve always loved the word “fubsy” and have used it in my new manuscript …. it makes me laugh.

  14. November 13, 2013 12:55 pm

    Goldfinish was a treasure trove for your Wondrous Words. I’d like to read the book just for the fun of finding these new words.

    I just read Beth Hoffman’s comment on fusby. I can’t wait for her new book so I can go on a hunt for how she used the word. All good word fun.

  15. November 13, 2013 12:58 pm

    I’ve never heard of these, but I like the sound of fubsy, even though it’s not very complimentary. It’s sort of silly, so I feel like calling someone fubsy lessens the insult somewhat. 🙂

  16. November 13, 2013 1:35 pm

    This book has fantastic words, most of which are completely new to me. Fubsy is a great word. I think it might be difficult to use but I like it! I’m also going to put it on my list of names for cats!
    I’m surprised I haven’t come across cavil before with my legal back ground. I like the sentence it’s used in in the book, too.
    Great words today

  17. November 13, 2013 4:02 pm

    Fubsy is a really cute word.

  18. November 13, 2013 7:11 pm

    Never heard “fubsy” before, but it’s definitely what I see when I look in the mirror!

  19. talesofwhimsy permalink
    November 14, 2013 8:22 am

    Interesting. Especially cavil.

  20. Bespoke permalink
    October 15, 2014 7:37 am

    Ha! I just came across this in “The Golfinch” too. Never seen the word before

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