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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 16, 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!

It’s been a while since I’ve had to refer to my Word-a-Day calendar but, this week, I’ve had to go back to it.

1. gorgonize – “Dave joked that his boss’s angry glare could gorgonize an employee in mid-complaint.”

Gorgonize is a verb that means to have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on: stupefy, petrify.


2. kvell– “Critics kvelled over the violinist’s triumphant return to the stage where she had made her debut many years ago.”

Kvell is a verb to be extraordinarily proud: rejoice.


3. argy-bargy– “There’s no mention of the previous argy-bargy and she’s all over me like a cheap suit tonight.” –Irvine Welsh, If You Liked School, You’ll Love Work

Argy-bargy is a noun that means a lively discussion: argument, dispute.   I’m guessing it came from argument.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2014 4:44 am

    Ah yes! The old argy-bargy, love that one. I have come across kvell before but had forgotten the meaning.

  2. April 16, 2014 7:41 am

    Kvell is Yiddish and Argy-Bargy is British. Very international today!

  3. April 16, 2014 8:19 am

    argy-bargy is a fun word!

  4. April 16, 2014 10:15 am

    Finally, a Yiddish word. I’m all over kvell! (didn’t get the other 2, though)

  5. April 16, 2014 10:29 am

    These are all new words to me. But I like argy-bargy. I wonder if others would looked at me funny if I used it in converstaion? I’m thinking…yup! 🙂

  6. April 16, 2014 10:30 am

    *conversation* (wish there was an edit function. I am sometimes too quick to hit “post”)

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:39 am

    Argy-bargy is new to me and made me laugh!

  8. Patty permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:40 am

    Is it just me? Gorgonize sounds like a type of cheese!

  9. April 16, 2014 11:50 am

    I like gorgonize and, like Patty, I was thinking of gorgonzola cheese.

  10. joyweesemoll permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:29 pm

    Love gorgonize, expecially after I looked up Gorgon — Medusa was one.

  11. April 16, 2014 12:36 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Being British, argy-bargy is well known to me, although isn’t a word which is quite so regularly used these days (younger people seem to have a much more colourful way of expressing themselves)!

    I didn’t know either of your other words and was interested to discover that kvell is a Yiddish word, although I am wondering if you pronounce the full word, or if the k is silent and the word is pronounced vell?

    Not words for everyday conversation perhaps, but a really interesting post nonetheless.

    Thanks for hosting,


  12. April 16, 2014 12:46 pm

    All are new to me. Love argy bargy!!

  13. April 16, 2014 1:00 pm

    I would never have guessed argy-bargy. Good ones!

  14. April 16, 2014 1:09 pm

    All new to me, but I like gorgonize, sounds better than Medusa-ized.

  15. April 16, 2014 1:12 pm

    Gorgonize is great! And argy-bargy is a fun word I hope to use one of these days (I don’t want to argue, I just want to refer to an argument). 🙂

  16. April 16, 2014 2:49 pm

    Ooo I like kvell

  17. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:01 pm

    I’m in love with argy-bargy.

  18. April 16, 2014 4:29 pm

    Argy-bargy is a good word for an argument.

  19. April 16, 2014 7:26 pm

    “Argy-bargy”. I like that.

  20. April 16, 2014 7:39 pm

    Argy-bargy wound very musical. Great words.

  21. April 17, 2014 9:08 am

    Never heard argy-bargy berfore but I like the sound of it.

  22. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2014 7:18 pm

    Argy-bargy is terrific. I need to find a way to use that one and then watch everyone scratch their heads.

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