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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 5, 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!

This week’s words came from Byrd by Kim Church.

1. retrocausality – “He lectures about retrocausality.”

This word’s not in my dictionary, but according to wikipedia, it “is any of several hypothetical phenomena or processes that reverse causality, allowing an effect to occur before its cause.”  After reading the entry, I’m still not sure I understand what it means.


2. ghat – “Burning sandalwood, burning hashish, burning opium, burning bodies on the ghats at Benares.”


A ghat is a broad flight of steps that is situated on an Indian riverbank and that provides access to the water, especially for bathing.


3. sadhu – “In India, Warren put on orange robes and followed sadhus.”

A sadhu is a usually Hindu religious ascetic or holy person.”


What words do you want to celebrate today?

28 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2014 6:42 am

    For retrocausality, unless he was lecturing on one of the more obscure areas of theoretical physics, I think it means that he was speaking in hip, postmodern nonsense. I like the other two words – they are new to me.

  2. March 5, 2014 7:37 am

    All new to me!

  3. March 5, 2014 8:39 am

    I keep trying to remember ghat, because it’s very big in word games, but it just won’t stick. I guess because we don’t have them here….

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 5, 2014 9:36 am

    All were new to me. Great words, Kathy!

  5. March 5, 2014 9:39 am

    Once again – nope to all of them. And I was pretty cocky after knowing one last week!

  6. March 5, 2014 10:30 am

    I don’t understand the first word either, Kathy. It’s the kind of term that makes my brain feel squashy and useless, especially after the week I’ve been having. The other two are new to me, and interesting, as they offer a peek into another culture. (burning opium and bodies… yikes!)

  7. March 5, 2014 11:23 am

    Retrocausality sounds like it is a word to use to show off. or it’s related to time travel!

  8. Patty permalink
    March 5, 2014 12:08 pm

    I love this word…retro causality? But I haven’t a clue how to read it or use it!

  9. March 5, 2014 12:08 pm

    I didn’t know any of them, but the first one is a real doozy.

  10. March 5, 2014 12:24 pm

    Hmmm! Is this week’s book set in India?

  11. March 5, 2014 12:34 pm

    All new words! I came across one that wasn’t in the dictionary or online, I left it out this time.

  12. joyweesemoll permalink
    March 5, 2014 1:40 pm

    I like ghat! I’ve seen ghats in movies and documentaries — now, I’ll know what to call them.

  13. March 5, 2014 3:13 pm

    I will need to think about retrocausality. The Indian words are easier to comprehend.

  14. March 5, 2014 3:14 pm

    I have heard of ghat

  15. March 5, 2014 3:29 pm

    I know of retrocausality.

    I don’t have words this week. Both of the books I read had pretty simple vocabularies.

  16. March 5, 2014 3:31 pm

    I thought retrocausality was a scifi word where in theory the future can affect the present and similarly the present can affect the past. I read too much time travel stuff.

  17. March 5, 2014 3:36 pm

    Very interesting words.

  18. March 5, 2014 3:50 pm

    All three words are new to me. Great picks.

  19. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 5, 2014 4:00 pm

    I kinda love the first one.

  20. March 5, 2014 4:35 pm

    I like retrocausality and the way it was used in that sentence. Maybe I’m off, but it seemed funny to me.

  21. March 5, 2014 6:28 pm

    All new to me too, Kathy. Great words. I’m going to try to remember ghat, so I can use it in scrabble. 🙂

  22. March 5, 2014 8:20 pm

    Yeah, I think I’m still confused on retrocausality too! Probably won’t make it into my daily vocab. 🙂 But ghat I will remember.

  23. March 5, 2014 9:23 pm

    great words, even if we never get to use them in a sentence.

  24. March 6, 2014 12:19 am

    Yay, I actually found a word for today! I spoke too soon. 🙂

  25. bookingmama permalink
    March 6, 2014 9:12 am

    The second two words were definitely new to me. I’ll have to check out BYRD.

  26. March 6, 2014 11:38 am

    I think I’ve come across retrocausality before, but I still need to read the definition a few more times 🙂

  27. March 8, 2014 10:26 am

    I think I remember hearing the word ghat before, but not one I would usually use! lol Thanks for sharing these Kathy!

  28. April 9, 2014 10:50 am

    Thanks, Kathy. Retrocausality has always been a hard concept for me, too. Here’s more from my book, which might shed a little more light: “He lectures about retrocausality. He draws pictures of the space-time continuum on the board to show how the future influences the past, except he doesn’t use those words. “Is it the same as predestination?” the class asks. The fallacy of that question, he says, lies in the use of “pre-“. There is no before or after, no pre- or post-. No past, present or future. “Every event,” he says, “affects every other event.”

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