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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 2, 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 a children’s book, The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet by Kevin Sherry.  The book goes on to explain the word but I thought I would include it since it was new to me.

1. cryptid – “I’m a yeti and that’s a cryptid.”

According to the book, “a cryptid is a hidden animal whose existence has never been proven.”


My second word came from Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews.

2. scintilla – “It was also much bigger than her apartment on Jones Street, but with not a scintilla of appeal.”

Scintilla sounded familiar to me and I could pretty much discern it’s meaning from the context but decided to look it up anyway.  Scintilla means spark or trace.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2014 5:03 am

    Wohoo I knew cryptid, thanks to a uf series

  2. July 2, 2014 7:13 am

    Cryptid is a new one for me!

  3. July 2, 2014 8:19 am

    Listverse has a fun post showing ten cryptids that turned out to be real!

  4. July 2, 2014 9:19 am

    Yes on “scintilla” and no on “cryptid.”

  5. readerbuzz permalink
    July 2, 2014 9:39 am

    I’ve seen “scintilla” in print, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say it. Off to find out how it is pronounced.

  6. July 2, 2014 9:40 am

    Cryptid is new but I’ve heard scintella before.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 2, 2014 9:54 am

    Scintilla is one of my favorite words. I’d never heard of cryptid before.

  8. July 2, 2014 3:08 pm

    I knew scintilla but not the other.

  9. July 2, 2014 3:38 pm

    I enjoyed reading about your new words, Kathy!

  10. July 2, 2014 5:25 pm

    I use scintilla but cryptid is new. Nice!

  11. Patty permalink
    July 2, 2014 5:35 pm

    Scintilla is one of those words I want to use effectively! But I don’t have a scintilla of a clue if I am…lol!

  12. July 2, 2014 5:49 pm

    Cryptid sound like a good word to fuel a kid’s imagination. I’ll share it with my nine-year-old granddaughter who likes to imagine fairies and other unseen creatures.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    July 7, 2014 10:53 am

    Knew scintilla! Might have even used it!

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