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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 26, 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!

My first word this week came from Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews.

1. kugel – “Some had flocked swirls or stripes, and a few were kugel and teardrop shaped.”

I think of kugel as a potato dish and I knew that didn’t fit here so I did a little digging.  According to Wiktionary, kugel means:

  • n. A baked pudding of rice, pasta, or potatoes with vegetables or raisins and spices; a traditional Jewish dish.
  • n. A traditional house ornament made of glass.
  • n. An overly materialistic and excessively groomed young woman.

Since the book was referring to Christmas ornaments, the author obviously means a traditional house ornament made of glass.

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My second word came from Rhapsody in Books‘ review of The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider.

2. vitiate – “She was trying to establish that Ezra was actually smart; I don’t think it would have vitiated that aim if she had provided proper attribution.”

Vitiate means to make faulty or defective: impair.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2014 6:08 am

    I don’t think I’ve come across vitiate before.

  2. November 26, 2014 8:02 am

    What a wide variety of meanings from just one simple word! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 26, 2014 9:18 am

    I recognized kugel as a glass ornament and a kind of dessert, but vitiate stumped me!

  4. November 26, 2014 10:33 am

    I was raised on kugel, but couldn’t come up with vitiate, even though I know I’ve seen it.

  5. November 26, 2014 12:43 pm

    Excellent words this week, both new to me! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Kathy!

  6. November 26, 2014 3:15 pm

    I thought the same that kugel was a potato dish, good words. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! We are getting 6-10 inches of snow today,but the turkey is at my house, so we won’t have to travel.

  7. November 26, 2014 8:30 pm

    I should totally rename Other Jill Smarter Jill.

  8. Patty permalink
    November 26, 2014 8:49 pm

    Interesting!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    December 4, 2014 10:32 pm

    I had no idea kugel had multiple meanings.

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