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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 2, 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!

My first word this week came from Chasing Utopia by Nikki Giovanni.

1. griot – “Writers took up this phrase from the griots and soothsayers of old.”

A griot is any of a class of musician-entertainers of western Africa whose performances include tribal histories and genealogies; broadly: storyteller.


I found my second word on a bottle of Redstone Mead.

Black raspberry mead

2. melomel – The label says, “Style: Melomel”

The label goes on to explain: “A melomel is made by adding fruit other than grapes or apples to honey wine.”


What words do you want to celebrate today?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. booketta permalink
    April 2, 2014 6:15 am

    Thank you for the first new additions to my vocabulary this week 🙂

  2. April 2, 2014 8:43 am

    Kathy, I think it is interesting that you and I have featured the same word this week, griot. And also you presented a word about mead. I had heard of mead before, but did know it in recent context. There is going to be a business that makes and serves mead opening in our town this summer. Thanks for sharing.

  3. April 2, 2014 9:54 am

    I know I’ve heard griot before, but can’t remember where. Thanks for the reminder. Cheers!

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 2, 2014 10:15 am

    Well … just hand me a dunce cap! I didn’t know either word. lol

  5. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 2, 2014 10:31 am

    What? I need some melomel!!! 🙂

  6. April 2, 2014 11:12 am

    I didn’t know either word!

  7. April 2, 2014 11:38 am

    Both good words Kathy, but I really like griot. I’m especially drawn to the ancient storytellers and the legends about them. Now I have a new word for at least some of them. Thanks.

  8. Patty permalink
    April 2, 2014 12:09 pm

    There is something wondrous to be said for finding words on beer bottles!

  9. joyweesemoll permalink
    April 2, 2014 12:21 pm

    I’ve seen griot before, but I don’t think I ever looked it up — glad to know what it means. Melomet sounds delicious!

  10. April 2, 2014 12:57 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Two great new to me words this week, thanks for sharing them.

    Whilst ‘Chasing Utopia’ isn’t a book I would probably read, I am very much interested in fiction books which highlight cultutres other than those of the Western World. Many of these books have thrown up some great new words and ‘griot’ is yet another for my list.

    I too, have come across some completely new words in the most unexpected of places, although I would never have discovered ‘melomet’ for myself, as mead is far too sweet a drink for me. I don’t drink much alcohol, but give me a good dry white chardonnay wine, any day!

    Talking of which, time to fix dinner and maybe partake of a glass of said beverage!


  11. April 2, 2014 3:12 pm

    I love the label on that bottle!

  12. April 2, 2014 3:39 pm

    And now I know that

  13. April 2, 2014 4:05 pm

    Liked the word melomel and it’s meaning.

  14. April 2, 2014 7:13 pm

    New words can be found in the most interesting places! 🙂

  15. April 2, 2014 7:27 pm

    both new words to me, interesting ones!

  16. April 2, 2014 7:37 pm

    All the beer I drink and I’ve never come across MELOMEL? huh. You are such a good reader to consider even beer labels. I salute you.

  17. April 3, 2014 1:58 pm

    I like melomel, it kind of rolls around your tongue

  18. lisaalmedasumner permalink
    April 3, 2014 8:23 pm

    I love words! Thanks for sharing these. Nikki Giovanni always has something interesting to say….I haven’t heard of Chasing Utopia before.

  19. April 3, 2014 8:50 pm

    The Melomel is such a pretty color! Griot is a nice term for storyteller.

  20. April 4, 2014 1:41 am

    I learned two new words today. I’ll have to pay more attention to wine labels!

  21. April 4, 2014 2:44 pm

    Both are new to me.

  22. bookingmama permalink
    April 7, 2014 3:11 pm

    Griot just popped up in a book I read last week too!

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