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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 10, 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!

This week’s words came from Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.

1. jocose – “‘Holly, stop that!’ her mother says sternly, as if her daughter has uttered some jocose and inappropriate profanity instead of almost fainting.”

Jocose is an adjective that means given to joking: merry.


2. minatory – “Over dessert (which Hodges skips, Uncle Henry’s unapologetic gluttony serving as a minatory power of example), Janey invites the new arrivals to stay at the house in Sugar Heights starting tomorrow, and the three of them toddle off to their prepaid rooms.”

Minatory is an adjective as well; it means having a menacing quality: threatening.


3. squib – “What follows is a two-paragraph squib, really just an excuse to get last year’s tragedy (If you want to use that word, Brady thinks — rather snidely) back on the front page of a newspaper that’s slowly being strangled to death by the Internet.”

Squib has several meanings – in this case it means a short news item; especially filler.


 What words do you want to celebrate today?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2014 6:21 am

    I love this meme and so happy to join in again. I really like jocose, thanks for sharing these.

  2. September 10, 2014 7:50 am

    Good words – I wonder if King uses them often (in real life). I’ll join in again next week 🙂

  3. September 10, 2014 8:15 am

    Love the word squib!

  4. September 10, 2014 9:29 am

    Knew jocose only because I know jocular. Didn’t know minatory but was kinda familiar with squib after I saw the definition. These Wednesday words kinda get my pulse rate up.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 10, 2014 9:49 am

    You stumped me with jocose!

  6. September 10, 2014 10:30 am

    Squib is a good one (I will try to make that word in Words with Friends!). Yes, I am being a bit jocose this morning. 🙂

  7. Patty permalink
    September 10, 2014 11:48 am

    I could probably actually use Jocose in my daily life!

  8. September 10, 2014 12:11 pm

    Squib! A word I knew.

  9. September 10, 2014 12:22 pm

    I knew jocose. I wonder if it’s related to jocularity? Mr. King is such a master with words. His book “On Writing” is on my TBR shelf; horror scares me. I won’t read much else of his. Is Mr. Mercedes scary?

    • September 10, 2014 12:24 pm

      Julia, I’m not a big fan of horror, and I haven’t read very much Stephen KIng. But 11/22/63 is an amazing book. It’s one of my top 12 all-time. And it’s not scary or horror.

  10. September 10, 2014 12:28 pm

    Mr. King gave you three good ones. I like minatory. It’s a nicer way to describe a negative behavior.

  11. September 10, 2014 2:29 pm

    That’s a new meaning for squib and I don’t know the other words either.

  12. September 10, 2014 3:45 pm

    I like jacose 🙂

  13. September 10, 2014 7:17 pm

    These words were all new to me. Stephen King seems to use very interesting words. I don’t read scary either, but I am reading 11-22-63 right now. There are a lot of words that qualify as wondrous. I hope to share some next week. A few do not have definitions in the dictionary app on my Kindle. I will research elsewhere.

  14. September 10, 2014 8:15 pm

    I’ve never seen these words, great job.

  15. September 11, 2014 10:54 am

    Wow, squib would really have thrown me. I would have been wondering how they made a two-paragraph firecracker.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    September 11, 2014 2:46 pm

    I know squib kick!!!! Does that count?

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