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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 19, 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 new words come from Jill of Rhapsody in Books.

Jill used the first word in her review of Sixkill by Robert B. Parker.

1. condign – “In the end, justice (of a sort) prevails, and at least some of the bad guys are condignly punished.”

Condign means deserved, appropriate.


I found the second word in Jill’s review of The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert..

2. epistemology – “Perhaps a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of rigorous epistemology, this lyrical musing about the meaning of life is a richly rewarding and thought provoking book.”

Epistemology is the study or theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

24 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2014 4:27 am

    Well that’s two new words for me this week!

  2. March 19, 2014 6:56 am

    I understood what epistemology while reading Signature of All Things. I earlier thought it was some sort of gynecological procedure 😀

  3. arabellabramble permalink
    March 19, 2014 7:37 am

    Condign is new to me and Signature of all things is currently awaiting my attention.

  4. March 19, 2014 8:44 am

    LOL re Nish’s remark. Certainly sounds like it!

  5. March 19, 2014 9:05 am

    Thanks to Jill for expanding our vocabularies 😉

  6. March 19, 2014 9:18 am

    those words are fantastic! and how cool you gleaned them from Jill’s site! too cool!

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 19, 2014 9:24 am

    Both words are new to me!

  8. March 19, 2014 9:45 am

    For some reason, I thought epistemology was letter-writing. I must have it confused with something else. No surprise there!

    • March 19, 2014 11:15 am

      I thought the same thing, Lloyd! I had to look them up. Epistle comes from the Latin epistola = letter and Greek epistole = message. Epistemology comes from the Greek episteme which means knowledge.
      Wait, did I get too nerdy here?

  9. March 19, 2014 10:44 am

    Great words 🙂

  10. March 19, 2014 10:52 am

    Both new words to me as well!

  11. March 19, 2014 11:27 am

    Impressive word skills, Jill! Condign is a great word.

  12. March 19, 2014 11:45 am

    I love it when my new words come from fellow book bloggers. I thought the same thing as Floyd and Julia. I like Julia’s explanation and, yes, a little word-nerdy, but what’s wrong with that. Love it.

  13. March 19, 2014 12:09 pm

    Both are new to me.
    I love that your words came from book reviews. I might do the same thing on the weeks that I don’t find any in the books I’m reading.

  14. March 19, 2014 1:04 pm

    These are great new words, Kathy! I need to play along soon.

  15. Patty permalink
    March 19, 2014 2:20 pm

    Seriously? I have never heard of either one…

  16. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 19, 2014 2:46 pm

    I like the first one. I wonder if I can work it in.

  17. March 19, 2014 3:36 pm

    Great new words.

  18. March 19, 2014 4:17 pm

    I feel I should have known epistemology, but alas, I did not!

  19. March 19, 2014 4:35 pm

    The first one is weird

  20. joyweesemoll permalink
    March 19, 2014 5:09 pm

    I learned epistemology in library school.

  21. March 20, 2014 7:13 pm

    Great words and both new to me.

  22. March 24, 2014 4:21 pm

    and you should be condignly applauded for this wonderful meme! 😀

  23. bookingmama permalink
    March 29, 2014 6:58 pm

    I thought I knew what epistemology was but I was wrong!

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