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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 29, 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!

It was back to my Word-a-Day calendar for me this week.

1. battue – “‘During the battue, rabbits scampered out of the bushes where they had been hiding and toward the open field.”

Battue is a noun that means the beating of woods and bushes to flush game; also: a hunt in which this procedure is used.

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2. hypocorism – “As she looked through her mother’s old yearbook, Molly was started to learn that her mother was known by the hypocorism Sweet Pea as a teenager.”

A hypocorism is a pet name.

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3. emprise – “Once they realized the dangers that awaited them on the descent, the hikers conceded that trying to scale the mountain in the first place was a foolish emprise.”

An emprise is an adventurous, daring, or chivalric enterprise.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 29, 2014 7:27 am

    Battue? Interesting. I never woulda guessed it.

  2. October 29, 2014 9:32 am

    Wow, I’d never heard of any of these words.

  3. October 29, 2014 9:40 am

    I am properly flummoxed by all 3. Didn’t know them and hadn’t heard them before. Nicely done.

  4. October 29, 2014 10:04 am

    These were all new to me also. Your Word-A-Day calendar rocks!

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 29, 2014 10:31 am

    For once I knew all three words! I suspect this will never happen again … lol

  6. October 29, 2014 11:05 am

    My favorite – or the one I think I’ll actually remember- is “emprise”. Sounds like enterprise. Thanks for sharing!

  7. October 29, 2014 12:58 pm

    I’m with Julia – I like emprise too. I already know some occasions in which I can use the word. Thanks Kathy.

  8. Patty permalink
    October 29, 2014 1:05 pm

    These are the kinds of words that I would like to be able to toss off seamlessly but I never can.

  9. October 29, 2014 1:24 pm

    Battue comes from the french word battre to beat, fight. The other two are new.

  10. October 29, 2014 4:08 pm

    All new words for me.

  11. October 29, 2014 4:42 pm

    Strange words

  12. October 29, 2014 6:19 pm

    Hypocorism is a great word to know! I guess BermudaOnion is your computer hypocrism, and mine would be Suko.

  13. November 2, 2014 1:12 am

    Emprise is a great word!

  14. bookingmama permalink
    November 4, 2014 7:18 am

    I’ve never heard of any of those words! I do like hypocorism though!

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