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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 18, 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 found a few new words in The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani.

1. agita – “But there’s more agita.”

Agita is a noun that means heartburn, acid.  It can also mean a feeling of agitation or anxiety.  This was the perfect word for Trigiani to use because both meanings fit into the context of the book.


2. pronation – “Last Tuesday my foot was pronated for three hours, and nothing I did would release it.”

In this case, pronation means rotation of the medial bones in the midtarsal region of the foot inward and downward so that in walking the foot tends to come down on its inner margin.  This sounds painful to me!


What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2013 8:11 am

    I think of my Italian grandparents whenever I see or hear the word ‘agita’, so your post made me smile this morning. Thanks!

  2. December 18, 2013 10:24 am

    Agita was new to me, but I should learn it, since I suffer from heartburn more and more lately. I knew pronation or pronated. Our daughter is an RN and worked at one time for a podiatrist. ps: my spell checker does not like any of these words! LOL

  3. Patty permalink
    December 18, 2013 10:48 am

    I don’t want either one of these afflictions!

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 18, 2013 10:54 am

    I knew pronation, but agita was new to me!

  5. December 18, 2013 11:30 am

    You must not buy many running shoes, because they are all about whether you pronate or not! LOL (I myself do not “run” but I buy the shoes because they are comfortable.)

  6. December 18, 2013 11:42 am

    Agita is a neat spin on agitate. And pronation- ouch!

  7. talesofwhimsy permalink
    December 18, 2013 12:18 pm

    Agita? Seriously? I love it and suffer from it often. It’s a chic way to say it. MUST remember that.

  8. December 18, 2013 12:20 pm

    I just finished that book a couple of weeks ago and didn’t spot either one of those words. And here, after all this time, I thought I was getting better at spotting the new words. Good detective work, Kathy.

  9. December 18, 2013 3:37 pm

    Agita is a good one! I want to read The Supreme Macaroni Company, which would be my first novel by this author.

  10. December 18, 2013 3:41 pm

    Love to read this book, good author.

  11. December 18, 2013 11:59 pm

    Both new words to me!

  12. December 19, 2013 3:00 am

    My mom used to say agita and once in a while, so do I! There are lots of words in Trigiani’s books that remind me of my Italian family.

  13. December 20, 2013 1:12 am

    would want neither of them:) both new to me.

  14. December 21, 2013 12:35 am

    Very medical! Great words and thanks so much for the link. I haven’t been able to join for a while but hopefully I am back!! Merry Silly Season xx

  15. December 21, 2013 6:11 am

    I’ve never heard the term agita, but knew pronation. There’s another term called supination which is movement in the opposite way.

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