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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 23, 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!

I found my first word in Defending Jacob by William Landay.

1. scally cap – “He wore a jacket, golf shirt, and scally cap.”

After I read this sentence, I looked up scally but didn’t find anything that made sense in the context of the book, so I looked up scally cap and discovered it’s a specific type of hat.  Scally caps are rounded and have a small, stiff brim in front.

Scally cap


My second word came from Take This Man by Brando Skyhorse.

2. nepenthe – “Her actual apologies came with a meek knock at my door and the greasy nepenthean scent of pepperoni pizza.”

Nepenthe was a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow and has come to mean something capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2014 4:55 am

    I didn’t know what a scally cap was either, although I had heard the term. I shall look out for one now when passing a golf course. Nepenthe is completely new.

  2. April 23, 2014 7:22 am

    There is a famous restaurant in Big Sur called Nepenthe (famous for the view more for the food) but no pizza! :–)

  3. April 23, 2014 8:10 am

    Both words are new to me. I had seen a scally cap of course, but did not know it had a special name.

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 23, 2014 8:56 am

    One of my great uncles wore a scally cap. Happy Wednesday, Kathy!

  5. Patty permalink
    April 23, 2014 9:11 am

    Wow…unusual…but Den wears those caps all of the time!

  6. joyweesemoll permalink
    April 23, 2014 10:15 am

    My husband has a couple of scally caps. We call them newsboy caps, but I just looked that up and it’s not right. Newsboy caps aren’t quite as flat because they are 8 pie-shaped pieces brought together in the center with a button.

  7. April 23, 2014 11:06 am

    My husband too has a scaly hat he wears occasionally. I didn’t know it had a special name. It doesn’t give as much sun protection as a good old baseball cap.

  8. April 23, 2014 11:27 am

    Nepenthe is a very interesting word- I looked up how to pronounce it. Thanks!

  9. April 23, 2014 11:33 am

    I didn’t know that cap had a specific name… another new word.

  10. April 23, 2014 11:50 am

    I like the second word, but could never use it in a conversation, I think I’d fall over the letters!

  11. April 23, 2014 11:53 am

    nepenthe is a great word, pizza would do it at my house.

  12. April 23, 2014 12:01 pm

    Both very good words, both new to me (although I’ve seen scally caps, too)!

  13. April 23, 2014 2:30 pm

    Very Cool. I didn’t know that hat was called a scally cap.

  14. April 23, 2014 4:45 pm

    I like the scally cap and great word with nepenthe.

  15. April 23, 2014 7:43 pm

    I’ve eaten at Nepenthe in Big Sur, and the picturesque location certainly fits the description. Nice scally cap 🙂

  16. bookingmama permalink
    April 23, 2014 8:18 pm

    Not sure I’d use that word to describe pepperoni pizza but what do I know?

  17. April 25, 2014 3:43 pm

    I knew skally cap since there a quite a few hat lovers in my family. Nepenthe was new to me!

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