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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 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!

These week’s words came from Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen.

1. grotty – “We stayed at the edge of the gentrification, though, in the grotty section overrun with strip malls and payday advance shops.”

I love the sound of this word and think I can use it!  Grotty means wretchedly shabby: of poor quality.


2. enjamb – “One slip of paper caught my eye because, unlike the rest, it was dated 1918, and because it was enjambed like a poem.”

Enjambment means the running over of a sentence from one verse or couplet into another so that closely related words fall in different lines.


3. polonaise – “She’d reread all of the Little House books, which she practically knew by heart anyway, all those images of salt pork nestled in baked beans, shanties covered in tar paper, and polonaise dresses poufed out with hoop skirts, and had reconciled herself to the news that the books had been essentially cowritten.”

Polonaise means an elaborate short-sleeved overdress with a fitted waist and a draped cutaway overskirt.  They look pretty uncomfortable to me.




What words do you want to celebrate today?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2014 8:09 am

    Remember when we used to say “grody” and “grody to the max”? I wonder if it came from grotty!

  2. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 30, 2014 9:13 am

    I love the word grotty! The other words had me guessing.

  3. July 30, 2014 10:14 am

    No, no, and no. At least grotty sounds like what it means.

  4. July 30, 2014 12:09 pm

    I think I learned grotty from A Hard Days Night when George uses it to describe something he doesn’t want to wear. Awesome word! The polonaise dresses do remind me of Little House!

  5. July 30, 2014 12:34 pm

    I haven’t heard any of them before that I can remember. Pioneer Girl sounds like an interesting book!

  6. July 30, 2014 1:18 pm

    i like grotty! 🙂

  7. July 30, 2014 2:26 pm

    I think I’ll try to use grotty myself. Thanks for sharing!

  8. July 30, 2014 3:09 pm

    I like the picture of the polonaise dresses.

  9. July 30, 2014 6:09 pm

    I can’t remember where I first learned the word “grotty” but I am pretty sure I learned it in a book, as well!

  10. Brona permalink
    July 30, 2014 6:24 pm

    Australia must be a poorer, dirtier country as we use the word grotty all the time (esp in regard to shops, buildings are other run-down areas)!

    But back up a minute….co-written!?!?Are you telling me that Laura Ingells Wilder didn’t write her Little House books?????

  11. Patty permalink
    July 30, 2014 6:51 pm

    All of those words have nice sounds…but gritty is my least fave…lol…

  12. July 30, 2014 7:25 pm

    Grotty sounds like its meaning! Polonaise is a great “fashion” word.

  13. July 31, 2014 9:15 am

    It’s not one piece. It’s an overdress. Interesting. Yep, I would feel to tied up. Can’t breathe.

  14. July 31, 2014 4:08 pm

    I’m wondering how one even sits down to do her handstitching whilst wearing a dress like that? 😉

  15. July 31, 2014 9:37 pm

    Those polonaise look pretty but I’m sure they are uncomfy.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    August 13, 2014 10:46 pm

    I never knew those dresses had a name!

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