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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 8, 2014

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!

Most of my reading over the holidays was on audio.  Sometimes I hear new words that way but, since I’m generally out walking or in my car, I don’t write them down.  So, this week, I had to turn back to my Word-a-Day Calendar to find new words.

1. poltroon – “Like many bullies, he is a bit of a poltroon when faced with someone his own size.”

A poltroon is a spiritless coward: craven.


2. moil – “The revelation that the popular motivational speaker was born into a wealthy family cast further doubt on his claim to holding the secret to getting rich without toil and moil.”

Moil means to work hard: drudge.  It can also mean to be in continuous agitations: churn, swirl.


3. delate – “Hepzibah was brought to trial after being delated for the practice of witchcraft.”

Delate means to accuse or denounce.  Another meaning of delate is to report or relate.”


What words do you want to celebrate today?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2014 8:06 am

    I can’t tell you how many times in the car I pull over to write down something I want to remember! (The good news is, I pull over to do it!)

  2. Patty permalink
    January 8, 2014 9:21 am


  3. January 8, 2014 9:28 am

    These words were unfamiliar to me too. I like the sounds of poltroon. It might be fun to try to use that word sometime. I am never able to write down new words when I am listening to audio. I usually listen when my DH and I are together, so I can’t stop and go back easily.

  4. January 8, 2014 10:36 am

    Nice words. I came across one I didn’t know in the newspaper. Deracinating – to uproot, deracinate. That was the only new word I came across so I won’t make a special post about it 🙂

  5. January 8, 2014 10:49 am

    It’s always humbling to see your Wednesday words. I think I have a pretty good vocabulary, but, typically, don’t know any of your words. Humbling, but very cool.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 8, 2014 11:29 am

    How embarrassing … I didn’t know a single one of these! Great words as usual, Kathy!

  7. January 8, 2014 12:24 pm

    Excellent words, Kathy! I knew poltroon for some reason but not the other two.
    Your readers who like words may be interested in the giveaway I am running now on my site. 🙂

  8. January 8, 2014 1:14 pm

    Hahaha! I actually used poltroon once in a fit of pique–it was pretty satisfying! The other two were new to me!

  9. January 8, 2014 1:37 pm

    Moil is new to me. I really like the phrase “toil and moil.” When reading the definition I thought about the action of boil and how all three would fit together. Thanks for my morning brain-buzz.

  10. January 8, 2014 2:10 pm

    I have the same problem with audio, nothing to put little sticky notes on to refer to!

    All of these are new words for me.

  11. January 8, 2014 2:12 pm

    I love audio books but have the same problem “catching” those elusive words I don’t know. You obviously found good ones to share today- didn’t know any. Thanks for teaching!

  12. January 8, 2014 2:26 pm

    Luv your last two words. Never heard of either one.

  13. January 8, 2014 2:28 pm

    I haven’t heard of any of these words, so I’ve learnt a little by visiting today 🙂

  14. lab1990 permalink
    January 8, 2014 2:36 pm

    Nice words…I don’t know any of these. I like moil though.

    lauren from

  15. January 8, 2014 3:07 pm

    These are all new to me. Reading your Wondrous Words posts always makes me want to learn more about the origins of words, too!

  16. January 8, 2014 3:20 pm

    Audio is tricky for looking up words and taking notes. I should have picked up one of these word a day calendars. There’s so many words I don’t know!

  17. January 8, 2014 3:33 pm

    Only knew one and that’s because of the saying. I’m sure it wouldn’t have rang a bell on its own.

  18. January 8, 2014 3:45 pm

    I learned some new words today, thanks!

  19. January 8, 2014 4:34 pm

    Good words today! I’ve only heard poltroon — for some reason, it’s a popular word in Louisiana, where I used to live. I don’t think there are any more craven cowards there than there are anywhere else, so I’m not sure why they like it so much.

  20. January 9, 2014 12:25 am

    I love poltroon, i think it can be used quite effectively, without anybody knowing what I’m saying!

  21. January 9, 2014 11:04 am

    It’s interesting to see ones like delate which are so similar to others but with all their own nuances. Thanks so much for hosting the link again!!

  22. talesofwhimsy permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:47 pm

    I kinda love poltroon.

  23. January 11, 2014 7:31 am

    I’ve come across poltroon before- such an excellent word.

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