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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 11, 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 a tweet from Dave Cullen.  Since I looked it up I’ve seen it in a few other places.

1. monopsony

I found several definitions of this word and most were confusing to me.  This definition on was the easiest to understand:

Monopsony is a state in which demand comes from one source. If there is only one customer for a certain good, that customer has a monopsony in the market for that good.


My second word came from The Hollow Ground by Natalie S. Harnett.

2. darning needles – “Sometimes its rippling water looked jeweled by so many darning needles flitting along it, their lacey wings shimmery with light.”

I knew about darning needles for mending socks but that obviously doesn’t work here so I decided to investigate and learned that dragonflies and damselflies are sometimes called darning needles.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2014 6:46 am

    Kathy, the piece you shared on monopsony is incredibly interesting. I have always enjoyed Amazon and am a Prime member, but this NYTimes piece is yet another warning about Amazon’s billowing power in the book world. Thanks for sharing.

  2. bookingmama permalink
    June 11, 2014 7:46 am

    I never heard darning needles used that way!

  3. John Warner permalink
    June 11, 2014 7:47 am

    I’m currently reading Prophecy by S.J. Parris, a historical fiction book set in Elizabethan England and came across the word slattern as used in the following sentence: “Oh, I am not alone,” she says drily. “Not while I have that slattern for company.”
    Slattern means “a dirty, untidy woman.”

  4. June 11, 2014 10:05 am

    I never heard that about darning needles either. Very cute!

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 11, 2014 10:05 am

    I remember hearing that reference to darning needles (love it), but monopsony was new to me!

  6. June 11, 2014 12:20 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I have never heard of dragonflies being called darning needles, but it does sound like a rather appropriate analogy, as they do tend to flit in and out of the plants and dance up and down in the air, rather like a needle pulling thread in and out of fabric.

    I have never come across monopsony before and although I have read several reports here in the UK press about the ongong Amazon v Hatchette dispute, I haven’t seen the particular article you cite. Clearly from the purely selfish perspective of an avid reader, the more cheaply I can acquire books, the better it is. However, with my business hat on, I can only sympathise with the publishers and authors, who are rather ‘held over a barrel’, by the might and downright pig headedness of the Amazon machine!

    Both great words and an interesting post. Thanks for hosting,


  7. June 11, 2014 12:49 pm

    In all the time we have been playing WWW, I believe this is the first time you and I have had the same word on the same day. I found the article and monopsony very interesting. I found my definition from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

  8. June 11, 2014 12:55 pm

    Interesting the part about dragonflies (my favourite!) and damselflies!
    Thanks for sharing,

  9. June 11, 2014 1:23 pm

    Darning needles is vaguely familiar to me but monopsony is a new one. I don’t remember it used in any of the many college business courses I took either. Of course it could just be my memory is full!

  10. June 11, 2014 2:45 pm

    I’d never have known that Darning needles could be used for fireflies. Monopsony is a good word but not easy to say…

  11. June 11, 2014 2:58 pm

    I’d never heard of dragonflies or damselflies referred to as darning needles before! Wonderful description of these slim and graceful insects! I find the sight of a dragonfly quite magical. I will need to investigate damselflies further (female version?).

    Monopsony is new to me. I have sometimes wondered if I have a monopsony for a certain type of sandal (black slide) which is very hard to find. :0

    I enjoyed your WWW post, Kathy!

  12. June 11, 2014 3:52 pm

    Darning needles was very interesting referring to dragonflies and damselflies.

  13. June 11, 2014 3:56 pm

    Huh, did not know that about dragon flies

  14. June 11, 2014 5:20 pm

    I figured the first word was similar to “monopoly”, but have never heard darning needles connected to dragonflies or damselflies.

  15. June 11, 2014 8:26 pm

    Two new words or word uses for me today. I could deduct something from monopoly monopsony but I’ve not heart it used before. Love learning something new.

  16. Patty permalink
    June 11, 2014 10:03 pm

    I like that word monopsony!

  17. June 11, 2014 10:14 pm

    I learned the word monopsony recently too- that darn Amazon! Interesting use of darning needles too! Who knew?

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