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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 30, 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 came from Take This Man by Brando Skyhorse.

1. picaresque – “Through my teenager’s eyes, I revised memories of our buoyant, picaresque, cross-country “father-man” hunting adventures into a playing deck of awkward instant friendships with pathetic men, filthy shower stalls, lumpy couch beds, and eggs in  greasy spoons for breakfast — weeks I spent watching my mother playact patience and kindness with other people’s children hungry for affection.”

I felt like I should know this word but I think I had it confused with picturesque.  Picaresque means of or relating to rogues or rascals.


My second word came from HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

2. militate– “The very nature of her job tended to militate against “deliverables.”

Militate means to have weight or effect.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2014 7:44 am

    I have run across quite a few ‘picaresques’ in my day.

  2. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 30, 2014 9:30 am

    Picaresque is new to me!

  3. April 30, 2014 9:36 am

    I feel like picaresque came from Don Quixote. But I could be wrong. These are at least 2 words that I had some knowledge of.

  4. April 30, 2014 10:22 am

    I thought the same thing about picaresque- thanks for the clarification.

  5. April 30, 2014 10:54 am

    I was confusing picaresque too.

  6. April 30, 2014 11:16 am

    I think my eye would have run right over picaresque. I’m glad your eye caught it. Very interesting.

  7. April 30, 2014 11:40 am

    Picaresque – now that is a new one.

  8. Patty permalink
    April 30, 2014 11:55 am

    I totally love relating to rogues and rascals!

  9. April 30, 2014 12:16 pm


    I’ve seen/read the word ‘picaresque’, but can never seem to remember its meaning. Thank you for helping me to improve my vocab–I have been too indolent to do it myself!

  10. April 30, 2014 12:42 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Two great words this week, both new to me, although like just about everyone else, I felt that both could quite easily be confused with other words.

    Even saying militate out loud became something of a challenge, as I kept wanting to say meditate or mediate! Just goes to show how easily we are brainwashed into seeing things as we want to see them, or are used to seeing them!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting WWW, I hope that you enjoy(ed) both books you featured today,


  11. April 30, 2014 3:41 pm

    These were new for me today, glad that you shared them.

  12. April 30, 2014 5:23 pm

    Both are new to me. Gotta watch out for those rogues or rascals!

  13. April 30, 2014 8:22 pm

    Also new words to me. They do sound like other more familiar words.

  14. May 1, 2014 2:09 am

    Yes I think if I came across picaresque in a novel I’d have been scoffing at the foolishness of not using spell-check pre publishing. Ooops!

  15. May 1, 2014 6:49 pm

    Both are new to me.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2014 8:22 am

    How can there be so many words that I don’t know the meaning of?

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