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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 27, 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 3 more words in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon.

1. chunder – “‘The Powder Pig has arrived, but no chunder and no chicken necks, please.'”

The most common meaning for chunder is to be sick but I knew that wasn’t right because they were referring to skiing.  In snowboarding slang, chunder is boulders of ice and snow left behind.


2. megillah – “‘The whole megillah,’ said Abe.”

Megillah is a scroll or volume.  It’s also slang for a long involved story or account, which is the meaning I believe the author intended.


3. swivet – “Before getting in a swivet, they prayed the prayer that never fails.”

A swivet is a state of extreme agitation.


 What words do you want to celebrate today?



19 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2014 6:05 am

    I like all three words. I especially like “chunder.”

  2. August 27, 2014 9:37 am

    It would be interesting to know how chunder and chicken necks go together!

  3. August 27, 2014 9:39 am

    Growing up in a home where Yiddish was a staple, I definitely knew megillah. Never heard of the other 2.

  4. August 27, 2014 10:03 am

    I had heard megillah, but did not know it was even a real word. The other two were new to me. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 27, 2014 10:03 am

    I knew swivet but the others had me stumped!

  6. August 27, 2014 10:22 am

    Megillah and swivet are completely new to me. Like you I only knew of the one meaning of chunder. Thank you for expanding my vocabulary.

  7. August 27, 2014 12:24 pm

    I love the word SWIVET. Somebody shared it awhile ago for WWW and it has become one of my top favorites!. I like the sound of megillah- my youngest son often paces the kitchen while he tells a megillah about his day at school. Thanks!

  8. August 27, 2014 12:28 pm

    I like swivel too. I like it better than tizzy – too old fashioned.

  9. August 27, 2014 1:41 pm

    All new to me.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 27, 2014 2:54 pm

    Interesting. For some reason the word chunder makes me think of the fishing term chum, which is a pretty icky thing.

  11. August 27, 2014 4:20 pm

    I like the word megillah

  12. August 27, 2014 4:58 pm

    I knew megilla but not the others.

  13. August 27, 2014 5:36 pm

    Swivet I (sort of) remembered, but the other two words were completely new to me! I hope you’re enjoying Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Kathy.

  14. August 27, 2014 7:40 pm

    all three words are new to me today.. and i like megillah, though swivet sounds more like a tool than a state of mind:) Added my link as well after a long break from blogging and memes

  15. Patty permalink
    August 27, 2014 10:05 pm

    Those are fun words!

  16. August 28, 2014 2:17 am

    I like all three but “chunder” is my fav from this list!

  17. August 29, 2014 6:35 pm

    Oh, good ones! I think I could aptly use chunder to describe the slushy crunchy snow crap that clogs the streets after the snow plow goes by?

  18. bookingmama permalink
    September 3, 2014 9:18 am

    Chunder was new for me. I had never heard of either meaning.

  19. September 3, 2014 9:34 pm

    Wow! I knew one of your words! Megillah! I think that might be a first. lol

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