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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 9, 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 several words in Defending Jacob by William Landay.

1. detumescence – “The witticism ran six full lines, drawing my eyes southward over her person from wavering bosom to detumescent belly, a journey I regret even now.”

Detumescence means to become less swollen.


2. hauteur– “That feeling, standing at the leopard’s cage, is edged with shame, at the animal’s superior strength, at his hauteur, his low estimation of you.”

I felt rather silly after I looked this word up.  Hauteur means arrogance or haughtiness.


3. venire– “The judge sighed, ‘All right, anything else before I bring in the jury venire?'”

Venire means an entire panel from which a jury is drawn.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2014 5:56 am

    detumescence – shew, that’s a word and a half. I can’t even pronounce it let alone think of a way of using it. Nice word though

  2. April 9, 2014 8:35 am

    Usually detumescence is used to refer to an area a bit lower, if you know what I mean!

  3. April 9, 2014 9:33 am

    Was the person described in the “detumescence” line recovering from pregnancy? Anyway, great words- I knew hauteur. Yay! I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on Defending Jacob. I’ve had that book recommended to me.

  4. April 9, 2014 10:24 am

    I did much better than usual today. I knew hauteur and tumescence. I could have figured out detumescence if I had taken a minute to think, instead of immediately going to your definition.

  5. April 9, 2014 10:27 am

    Wow! What a great idea. I have actually started a challenge recently in which I find one new word for the day and learn it. I wanted to give myself an opportunity to learn something new.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 9, 2014 10:43 am

    Great words, Kathy! I knew the first two, but venire was new to me.

  7. April 9, 2014 11:57 am

    Hauteur is a word I’m familiar with but would never use in a sentence! The others I’ve never heard before.

  8. April 9, 2014 12:06 pm

    I’m going to remember venire. I like legal thrillers but have yet to come across that word.

  9. April 9, 2014 12:07 pm

    I like detumescence particularly but hauteur is good too. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  10. joyweesemoll permalink
    April 9, 2014 12:19 pm

    Venire is a good word. I think when I was in one, it was just called “jury pool.”

  11. April 9, 2014 1:09 pm

    You’ve chosen some difficult to pronounce and difficult to decipher words this week, Kathy. I hope they won’t be too difficult for me to remember!

  12. Eileen permalink
    April 9, 2014 2:00 pm

    I accidentally, while looking up another word, learned “lenitive.” It means soothing or alleviating pain. (I didn’t know where else to post that.)

  13. April 9, 2014 2:06 pm

    I love reading your words… Especially detumescence

  14. Patty permalink
    April 9, 2014 2:57 pm

    Tricky words…these are very tricky!

  15. April 9, 2014 3:17 pm

    Hauteur I knew, but not the others.

  16. April 9, 2014 3:23 pm

    Those are sure new to me

  17. April 9, 2014 3:58 pm

    All new today , interesting words.

  18. April 9, 2014 7:50 pm

    I just finished reading this book and didn’t know detumescence either!

  19. April 9, 2014 9:11 pm

    Interesting words. I like the sound of hauteur.

  20. April 9, 2014 10:10 pm

    These are tricky words! I don’t think I’m smart enough to read this book 🙂

  21. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2014 7:25 pm

    Only knew the second one.

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