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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 26, 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!

Today’s words come from a couple of unique places  I found the first word in the Author’s Note of The Bear by Claire Cameron.

1. predation – “But in this case there is no apparent rationale for the attack, other than predation.”

Predation looked and sounded familiar to me and I felt like I should know it yet I couldn’t quite discern the meaning in that sentence so I decided to look it up and I learned predation is the act of preying or plundering.


2. lubricity – Carl commented on a new lotion I bought, saying it didn’t have much lubricity.  I knew what he meant but wondered if lubricity was really a word so I went scrambling for my dictionary.

Lubricity is a word and it means the property or state of being lubricious; also: the capacity for reducing friction.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2014 7:26 am

    My words weren’t any great shakes this week. I didn’t get much reading done so far. I knew both your words – I spent large chunks of class last week discussing population growth, limiting factors like predation, and predator-prey ratios. I have not ever needed the word lubricity in class, for which I am grateful.

  2. February 26, 2014 7:43 am

    Convenient to have your very own word source! :–)

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    February 26, 2014 9:21 am

    I knew predation, but lubricity was new to me.

  4. February 26, 2014 9:28 am

    Lubricity was new to me, as well. 🙂

  5. February 26, 2014 9:55 am

    Predation I knew – once I saw the definition. Lubricity sounds familiar, but not as familiar as predation.

  6. Patty permalink
    February 26, 2014 11:53 am

    Wow…Carl is a wordsmith!

  7. February 26, 2014 12:54 pm

    How great of your husband to join in with WWW.

  8. February 26, 2014 1:45 pm

    Great words! I’m glad your hubby helped with WWW!

    Kathy, I have fallen behind with my Word-a-Day desk calendar. I have not looked at the words since Feb. 10th (conciliate)! Skipping ahead, today’s word is trichotillomania, which means an abnormal desire to pull out one’s hair.

  9. February 26, 2014 2:02 pm

    Nice use of lubricity! Predation sounds like a perfect word to come from a book called The Bear.

  10. February 26, 2014 2:27 pm

    Kathy, I’m with you- predation sounded familiar, but it wasn’t what I expected. Thanks for clearing it up! I wonder, could we consider lubricity the opposite of viscosity?

    • February 26, 2014 2:40 pm

      Not really – viscosity is resistance to flow, so a fluid can be viscous and lubricious – like motor oil – or viscous and sticky (non-lubricious) like molasses.

  11. February 26, 2014 3:42 pm

    Finally, a word I know: Predation. It’s what those hawks do to the little birds.

  12. February 26, 2014 3:50 pm

    Predation I knew but not the other.

  13. February 26, 2014 4:36 pm

    Nice new words 🙂

  14. February 26, 2014 4:44 pm

    I had never heard either of these, but the etymologies are clear–“predator/predatory” and “lubricant/lubrication.”

  15. February 26, 2014 5:13 pm

    always enjoy checking out your wondrous words!

  16. February 26, 2014 8:07 pm

    that’s very cool that Carl had you checking out a word!

  17. February 27, 2014 6:57 pm

    I knew both your words this week. I knew predation because my husband is an animal buff, and I knew the other from learning about lotions.

  18. bookingmama permalink
    March 6, 2014 9:17 am

    LOL! I’m dying over Carl using that word in every day language!

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