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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 20, 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 a few words in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon.

1. provender – “They had put away four bags of provender, made a hasty lunch, and checked on Barnabas, then lay on the study sofa — his head to the south, hers to the north.”

Provender means food: victuals.


2. threnody – “Through it all ran the threnody of country music from a boom box, turned full blast while reclaiming a rectory tool-shed, formerly lost to briars.”

A threnody is a song of lamentation for the dead.


3. adimpleate – “‘You adimpleate my spirit,’ she said.”

Adimpleate means to fill up.



What words do you want to celebrate today?


20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2014 7:45 am

    I’ve seen Karon’s books around but never read any. The sentence with adimpleate doesn’t necessarily convince me about the writing! LOL

  2. August 20, 2014 9:00 am

    I have read several of Jan Karon’s books and found then very enjoyable. These 3 words are definitely ones I did not know.

  3. August 20, 2014 9:24 am

    I knew provender as soon as I saw the definition. Had heard of threnody but didn’t really know what it meant. And never saw adimpleate before.

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 20, 2014 9:32 am

    Adimpleate is new to me!

  5. August 20, 2014 10:58 am

    Adimpleate is a great word!

  6. August 20, 2014 11:11 am

    Now I know provender but the other two are completely new words.

  7. August 20, 2014 12:06 pm

    Hmm, I think I featured “threnody” in a previous WWW on my blog. 🙂 I love that word!

  8. August 20, 2014 1:28 pm

    Adimpleate is a great, new-to-me word! I think I can pronounce that one. Provender sounds like its meaning. 🙂

  9. Patty permalink
    August 20, 2014 1:42 pm

    Those are all unheard of to me…plus I can’t imagine remembering them in order to use them…so sad!

  10. August 20, 2014 2:25 pm

    Ok, all of these are way over my head today! Is the book enjoyable or are there a lot of obscure words?

  11. August 20, 2014 3:11 pm

    I thought I knew all the ways to talk about food but provender is new to me too. I haven’t read a Jan Karon book in years but I recall really enjoying them. I’ll have to check this one out.

  12. August 20, 2014 3:47 pm

    I like the meaning of the word adimpleate.

  13. August 20, 2014 3:51 pm

    I do not think I can even say that last one

  14. August 20, 2014 3:59 pm

    Wow – great words this week. My are lame this time around.

  15. August 20, 2014 7:30 pm

    I like adimpleate! That’s a neat one.

  16. August 20, 2014 8:40 pm

    All new to me! This book sounds quite wordy. Adimpleate is a great word!

  17. August 20, 2014 9:13 pm

    Wow, such interesting (and new-to-me) words! They don’t just roll off the tongue, do they?

  18. bookingmama permalink
    August 21, 2014 6:11 pm

    Wow! I don’t remember Jan Karon’s book having that many big words!

  19. Priscilla Schmidt permalink
    April 17, 2015 2:06 pm

    I was reading “Someplace Safe With Somebody Good”. The bookstore owner has a hobby of finding and using a new word every week or so. She was in the hospital with pregnancy complications and Father Tim came to visit her. After he prayed for her, she smiled for the first time in ages and said, “You adimpleate my spirit.” I decided to google the word and found this site, and what was the blogger’s source? “Someplace Safe…”!!

    For those of you who haven’t read this series, it’s wonderful: it’s realistic, has lots of laughter, a wife and husband not perfect but dedicated to each other, worthwhile lives of kindness and concern, intelligent conversations, romance, AND NEW WORDS. Start with the first book to get the full force of the series.

  20. dbanx permalink
    May 7, 2015 8:44 am

    Funny, I had to look up adimpleate while listening to “Somewhere safe..”


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