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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 24, 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 two more words in Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.

1. animus – “‘At first it still doesn’t, because when Pete and Isabelle questioned him, Hodges simply plucked Abbascia’s name out of his mental file of old cases where someone might bear him animus . . . and there have been several hundred of those over the years.”

In this case, animus means a usually prejudiced and often spiteful or malevolent will.


2. trug – “There they stand at the end of a long summer’s day: a little self-conscious, smiling and squinting vaguely into the sun, a trug of something — broad beans? — at their feet.”

A trug is a shallow rectangular gardening basket.



 What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2014 5:45 am

    Trug is new to me – although the basket isn’t 🙂

  2. September 24, 2014 8:40 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Garden trug is a commonly use phrase, here in the UK. However I didn’t know about animus, so thanks for sharing that one.

    I also didn’t know that Stephen King wrote detective stories, so was pleasantly surprised to find Mr. Mercedes so intriguing. I just had to add this one to my ‘Want To Read’ list.

    Thanks for hosting. I may not take part every week, but it is always fun when I do.


  3. September 24, 2014 9:22 am

    I think animus came up recently in one of the posts. My nan always carried a trug whilst gardening. We have on too but rarely use it, I must dig it out.

  4. September 24, 2014 9:27 am

    I had heard both of these words before. I wish I had a lovely garden trug as pretty as the one pictured. I seem to use what ever is handy at the moment. I love this meme, thanks for hosting it, Kathy.

  5. September 24, 2014 9:33 am

    Knew animus, not trug.

  6. September 24, 2014 9:39 am

    I like the basket. The words are all new to me.

  7. Patty permalink
    September 24, 2014 9:54 am

    I do know animus from all of my fantasy reading and I actually own a trug but I always called it my weird flat basket!

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 24, 2014 10:13 am

    You stumped me with the word trug!

  9. talesofwhimsy permalink
    September 24, 2014 12:39 pm

    Ha! I’ve seen those and had no idea.

  10. September 24, 2014 12:50 pm

    Even though I’ve had large collections of baskets over the years, I’ve never heard trug. Good one Kathy.

  11. September 24, 2014 1:14 pm

    I knew animus – I think it appeared in WWW last week. Someone related it to animosity, which helped me remember. Trug is all new, but I could see how it would be useful.

  12. September 24, 2014 1:42 pm

    I could actually use a trug! Might make gardening a little more appealing. 😉

  13. September 24, 2014 2:45 pm

    I have never heard “trug” before, but I like the basket.

  14. September 24, 2014 2:58 pm

    I love trugs!

  15. September 24, 2014 4:12 pm

    I love the picture of the trug, never heard of that word before.

  16. September 24, 2014 5:14 pm

    I’ve seen those baskets before, but didn’t know their name was trug!

  17. September 24, 2014 5:22 pm

    Trug is wonderful! 🙂

  18. September 24, 2014 7:50 pm

    Mr. King to the rescue again! How interesting to learn that basket is called a trug. Who knew?

  19. September 25, 2014 4:03 pm

    Ok, trug it is

  20. bookingmama permalink
    September 26, 2014 7:49 am

    I had no idea what a trug was. Oddly enough, neither did my spell check!

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