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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 7, 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!

Since I didn’t get much reading done last week, I’m relying on my Word-a-Day calendar today.

1. fictioneer – “Dwight was a fictioneer who specialized in pulp novels, and he had produced more than 300 of them in his long career.”

I could figure this one out but it’s so much fun, I just had to share it.  A fictioneer is one who writes fiction especially in quantity and without high standards.


2. whilom– “His fatal miscalculation, however, might be his personal attacks on his whilom friend. . . .” –Frank A. DeFilippo, The Baltimore Sun, May 5, 2003

Whilom means former.  It’s a fun word but I probably won’t use it.


3. fainéant– “David preferred a life of fainéant self-indulgence to the pressures of a career, and his inheritance made such a life possible.”

David is a lucky guy!  Fainéant means idle and ineffectual: indolent


What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2014 4:30 am

    All new words this week for me. 🙂

  2. May 7, 2014 7:01 am

    Whilom is such a great word! And super fun to say. Whilom!

    I do a Wednesday words post too. Mine’s not just new words, but other random word-related things I find out. Today’s is here:

  3. Brona permalink
    May 7, 2014 7:22 am

    I love whilom too.

    I’ve gone French this week 🙂

  4. May 7, 2014 10:12 am

    I love this meme! Great words!!

  5. May 7, 2014 11:12 am

    At first I thought, “I want to be a fictioneer!”- but then I read the details of the definition and changed my mind; I have high standards. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 7, 2014 2:56 pm

    Whilom doesn’t flow but I like it. You know me and “w” words.

  7. May 7, 2014 3:47 pm

    I liked fictioneer, it sounds really important.

  8. May 7, 2014 3:49 pm

    I do like whilom

  9. May 7, 2014 3:50 pm

    Fictioneer is great fun! It may be a newer term, as my spell check doesn’t recognize it. Thanks for sharing these words from your calendar, Kathy! 🙂

  10. May 7, 2014 4:50 pm

    I like fictioneer! What a fun word.

  11. Patty permalink
    May 7, 2014 7:30 pm

    Those are the kinds of words that I want to use but always forget…

  12. May 7, 2014 9:58 pm

    All new to me this time. I’m gonna have fun using fictioneer – I know quite a few writers who qualify for that one.

  13. May 7, 2014 11:02 pm

    All your words are fun this week, Kathy. I especially like fictioneer. I’m going to use it.

  14. May 8, 2014 9:07 am

    You always pick some fun words to share with us.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2014 8:09 am

    Those are some interesting words!

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