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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 15, 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 didn’t read a word while I was at the beach so I had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. malapert – “‘Fair ladies, brave knights, churts, varlets, squires, scurvy knaves, men-at-arms, malapert rogues — all were merry.” — P. G. Wodehouse, The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

Malapert is an adjective that means impudently bold: saucy.


2. yips – “[Texas manager Ron] Washington’s team has the yips, pure and simple.” —Sam Donnellon, Philadelphia Daily News, October 29, 2010

When I see yip, I think of a dog barking.  Yips means a state of nervous tension affecting an athlete (as a golfer) in the performance of a crucial action.


3. concatenate – “As part of her presentation, Tiffany created a flow chart that concatenated all of the company’s suppliers and accounts.”

Concatenate means to link together in a series or chain.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2014 7:02 am

    Ha, obviously you aren’t married to a golfer! Having the “yips” is a regular crisis around our house! :–)

  2. October 15, 2014 7:41 am

    Yips are sounds made by dogs to me, too!

  3. October 15, 2014 10:13 am

    Knew yips; should have tried to figure out malapert; had no idea about concatenate.

  4. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 15, 2014 10:38 am

    I thought the same thing about yips.

  5. October 15, 2014 10:45 am

    Love it! All three new to me this week. Wonder how I can use malapert or yips in my everyday speech in the coming weeks? I am going to try!

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 15, 2014 11:31 am

    Malapert had me stumped!

  7. Patty permalink
    October 15, 2014 11:39 am

    I feel as though as a cay lover I should be using concatenate all of the time!

  8. October 15, 2014 11:45 am

    I should have guessed concatenate because it has the word catena in it which means chain in Italian.

  9. October 15, 2014 11:53 am

    Malapert rogues – I like it!

  10. October 15, 2014 12:10 pm

    I’ve seen concatenate on WWW before but the others are all new.

  11. October 15, 2014 1:07 pm

    I love yips- it’s fun and one I could use with my kids. “You guys had the yips during the first half; glad you settled down!” Thanks Kathy!

  12. October 15, 2014 2:36 pm

    Yips is a good one! Thanks for sharing these words, Kathy. One of these days, I’ll add some of my own to this terrific meme again.

  13. October 15, 2014 3:37 pm

    I like the word yips, my husband is an avid golfer.

  14. October 15, 2014 3:46 pm

    Did not know those

  15. October 15, 2014 3:57 pm

    All new to me, but I really like malapert.

  16. October 15, 2014 4:23 pm

    I like yips. It’s short, easy to remember, and fun. Thanks.

  17. October 15, 2014 10:02 pm

    Yips does remind me of a dog, great words.

  18. October 16, 2014 4:01 am

    Never heard of these words. All are new words for me. That last word made me think of orange juice concentrate. Don’t ask me why. Isn’t it funny the way in which the mind goes?

  19. October 17, 2014 8:04 am

    I think of a dog barking for yips, too. I’ve never seen that meaning before! I meant to do my post this week but I’ve been distracted. Hopefully next week!

  20. October 21, 2014 3:06 pm

    I love ‘malapert’ – it sounds like such a saucy Wodehouse word. I also need to look up what a “churt” is 🙂

  21. bookingmama permalink
    October 23, 2014 9:50 am

    Woo Hoo! I actually knew yips! I remember my dad and pap using that in terms of baseball!

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