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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 4, 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 turn back to my Word-a-Day Calendar this week.  I chose these words because I think I can use them.

1.ensky – “Since his death, he has been enskied and sainted by people who put heavy emphasis on his later, serious books.” — Robertson Davies, Selected Works on the Pleasures of Reading

Ensky is a verb that means exalt.


2. vanward – “The company is looking to hire a marketing director who is savvy in social media and other vanward marketing tactics.”

Vanward is an adjective that means located in the vanguard: advanced.


3. jawboning – “Vast amounts of stimulus money and White House jawboning have done little to move the unemployment needle.” — Michael Noer, Forbes, September 13, 2010

Jawboning is a noun that means the use of public appeals and other forms of spoken persuasion (as by a president) to influence the actions of others.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2013 6:35 am

    Vanward – sounds portmanteau-ish. Very cute. (And you could use it to describe anyone making eyes at your son.)

  2. December 4, 2013 9:18 am

    Interesting words. There is a lot of jawboning going on all around the country these days. Thanks for sharing. I encountered no new words this week, but have been reading none the less. Have a good week.

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 4, 2013 9:27 am

    Ensky is new to me!

  4. Patty permalink
    December 4, 2013 10:11 am

    I think I would like being enskied

  5. December 4, 2013 11:04 am

    I knew jawboning, but the other two are new. I like ensky.

  6. December 4, 2013 11:39 am

    Jawboning is the only one I”m familiar with. Great words!

  7. December 4, 2013 12:39 pm

    Love those word calendars. I hope Santa remembers that again this year. The words are always so interesting.

  8. December 4, 2013 1:05 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Ensky is a new word to me, although I am not quite sure that I like the sound of it.

    If someone is being sainted, I would much rather hear that they had been exalted and sainted, rather than enskied and sainted!

    Perhaps that is just an age thing, although it would be fun to try out the word and see if anyone else recognises it.

    Thanks for hosting andd sharing your words this week,


  9. December 4, 2013 1:09 pm

    Interesting — all new-to-me words. Ensky doesn’t sound very awesome — it sounds like something painful, actually! — but I’m going to try to use it this week.

  10. December 4, 2013 2:13 pm

    These are all new to me. I agree with Audra- ensky doesn’t sound like “exalted” to me- more like pesky, tricky, etc.

  11. December 4, 2013 2:51 pm

    I love all these new words! Somehow I need to work them into my vocabulary 🙂

  12. talesofwhimsy permalink
    December 4, 2013 2:59 pm

    Jawboning? I must remember that.

  13. December 4, 2013 3:21 pm

    I really like ensky! Very unique.

  14. December 4, 2013 3:50 pm

    I heard of jawboning, but not the others.

  15. December 4, 2013 3:55 pm

    Interesting words. I dislike the sound and look of Jawboning lol.

  16. December 4, 2013 5:46 pm

    Wonderful words–that calendar is a great source for this meme! (My calendar’s word for today is porcine, an adjective: of, relating to, or suggesting swine: piggish.)

  17. December 4, 2013 6:23 pm

    Jawboning sounds familiar, but the other two are definitely new to me.

  18. December 5, 2013 2:10 am

    all new words for me.. and enjoyed these words today..

  19. December 5, 2013 2:34 am

    I like jawboning and the quote that goes with it. So true!

  20. December 5, 2013 11:06 am

    Great words. My fave is jawboning.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    December 9, 2013 9:49 am

    Jawboning is great!!! I could guess vanward from the context but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it used.

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