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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 3, 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 had to go back to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. subvention – “The earliest documented subvention for the science museum was a grant from the federal government in 1853.”

Subvention is the provision of assistance or financial support (as from a government or foundation).


2. ukase – “The professor’s first instruction to the class was a ukase: Never begin a play with a telephone ringing.” — Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe, June 23, 2000

Ukase is an order or command.


3. pukka – “Ellingsworth stood framed in the door of his club, the picture of a pukka gentleman – immaculately groomed, upper lip appropriately stiff, perfectly genteel.”

Pukka means genuine or authentic; also: first-class.



What words do you want to celebrate today?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2014 9:13 am

    I didn’t know any of your words today, Kathy. I especially like pukka, but to me it doesn’t sound like it means “first class”, the guys I know might be insulted if I used it to describe them. I think I will give it a try! LOL

  2. bookingmama permalink
    September 3, 2014 9:13 am

    I have only heard of one of those words and probably couldn’t have used it correctly!

  3. September 3, 2014 9:31 am

    I think pukka would make an excellent name for a dog.

  4. September 3, 2014 9:32 am

    Not this time!

  5. September 3, 2014 10:00 am

    I should have known subvention. The other two words are more obscure.

  6. September 3, 2014 10:26 am

    Pukka is a new one for me!

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 3, 2014 10:27 am

    You stumped me!

  8. September 3, 2014 11:52 am

    I think I’ve come across pukka before. Ukase is a good one for back to school!

  9. September 3, 2014 12:09 pm

    I’ve never heard any of these. Subvention is interesting – scientists need subventions for inventions!

  10. September 3, 2014 12:27 pm

    You got me on all three of these good words.

  11. September 3, 2014 1:04 pm

    I feel a need to use that word pukka!

  12. September 3, 2014 1:47 pm

    I have heard subvention but didn’t know the meaning. Pukka is well known thanks to Jamie Oliver in his use of the word on his cookery programmes. Ukase I had never heard before.

  13. talesofwhimsy permalink
    September 3, 2014 3:22 pm

    Pukka? You don’t say. Interesting.

  14. September 3, 2014 3:53 pm

    Pukka sounds so finnish, and it’s a surname here

  15. Patty permalink
    September 3, 2014 4:08 pm

    Those words could have come right out of The Word Exchange where I wasn’t sure what words were real or made up!

  16. September 3, 2014 4:14 pm

    Pukka is an interesting word.

  17. September 3, 2014 4:53 pm

    Those are all completely new to me! Thanks for hosting this . . . I just posted with a few new terms I have learned from The Miniaturist, a book set in 17th Century Amsterdam. I think I am going to learn a LOT of new words from this book!

  18. September 3, 2014 6:14 pm

    Didn’t know any of them! I like how pukka sounds. I think it would make a great name for an animal or a term of endearment for your better half!

  19. September 3, 2014 9:29 pm

    I want to drop pukka in a conversation somewhere.

  20. September 3, 2014 9:36 pm

    Great words, again. Thanks.

  21. September 4, 2014 5:24 pm

    Interesting ones, especially pukka!

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