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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 18, 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 heard a few new words when I listened to Delicious! by Ruth Reichl.  I love that they both remind me of other words.

1. proscribe – “I’d strolled New York’s sidewalks in every season, enough to know that etiquette proscribed eye contact.”

Proscribe has several meanings – the one that fits this sentence is prohibit.


2. celerity – “If you want to unearth Lulu’s letters, you’d best do so with celerity.”

Celerity means rapidity of motion or action.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2014 5:44 am

    I’ve never heard of either of these words. I don’t think I would have understood the context of proscribed even within this sentence!

  2. June 18, 2014 6:48 am

    Very strange ones

  3. June 18, 2014 8:36 am

    So true about the eye contact thing!

  4. June 18, 2014 9:18 am

    1 out of 2 – I’m floating on air!

  5. June 18, 2014 9:37 am

    new to me, thanks.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 18, 2014 9:51 am

    Celerity is new to me!

  7. June 18, 2014 10:10 am

    I listened to Delicious! also, but didn’t “hear” either one of those words.

  8. jmcguin7 permalink
    June 18, 2014 10:15 am

    New to me!!

  9. Patty permalink
    June 18, 2014 1:57 pm

    Very new to me, too but celerity sounds usable…if I could remember it!

  10. June 18, 2014 3:05 pm

    I have heard these words before, but wasn’t sure of their meanings. Delicious sounds like a good book and source of new words. 🙂

  11. June 18, 2014 3:34 pm

    Proscribe doesn’t mean what I expected it to! Good thing you pointed it out. And kudos for picking words from an audiobook – that’s tough!

  12. June 18, 2014 3:58 pm

    Two interesting new words.

  13. lisaalmedasumner permalink
    June 18, 2014 8:53 pm

    I love your wondrous words posts. Sometimes the words are familiar, but I don’t know their precise meaning, and sometimes they are entirely new to me. Either way, I always feel like I learn something.

  14. June 19, 2014 2:57 am

    Both are new to me!

  15. bookingmama permalink
    June 24, 2014 3:13 pm

    Good ones this week!

  16. talesofwhimsy permalink
    June 26, 2014 1:02 pm

    Ooooo I kinda love celerity.

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