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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 14, 2015

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 did get some reading done last week but didn’t come across any new words so, once again, I relied on my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. bandersnatch – “‘I’ve been portrayed in the media as some kind of bandersnatch,’ said the colorful celebrity in a recent interview, ‘but I’m really just an ordinary guy.'”

A bandersnatch is a term that was coined by Lewis Carroll; it means a wildly grotesque or bizarre individual.


2. borborygmus – “Denny’s stomach echoed mine, rumbling with a series of great borborygmi.” — Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone

Borborygmus is a noun that means intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas.


3. guttersnipe – “She slapped him right back, the gutternsipe, the little hoodlum, and who did he think he was?” — T. C. Boyle, Wild Child

In this case, a guttersnipe is a person of the lowest moral or economic station.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2015 8:51 am

    Guttersnipe, I had heard before but I would not have been able to give a definition, other than scallywag, a word that my mother used every now and again.So I was close. Borborygmus is completely new to me. Bandersnatch was used in my recent read, The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. Great words today!

  2. January 14, 2015 9:44 am

    Thought I knew #3…but I was wrong. Couldn’t define it.

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 14, 2015 10:59 am

    Guttersnipe and bandersnatch always make me laugh. I love those words.

  4. January 14, 2015 11:37 am

    Bandersnatch is new to me and I like it. I’ve known or observed many people like that and I’m glad they have a special name.

  5. January 14, 2015 1:55 pm

    I love guttersnipe, such a great word.

  6. January 14, 2015 2:30 pm

    Kathy, these are great, new to me words! I just received my Word-a-Day calendar–I will need to “christen” it with this meme soon. (Today’s word is stravage, which means roam.)

  7. January 14, 2015 2:36 pm

    I actually know the beginning of Jabberwocky by heart (one of my more dubious achievements) so I am up on frumious bandersnatches!

  8. January 14, 2015 3:04 pm

    These all are fun, tickle your tongue words. I think I will be able to remember bandersnatch, especially if I pair it with names like Dennis Rodman and Boy George. (Am I showing my age here?) Let’s add Lady GaGa to young it up.

  9. January 14, 2015 3:42 pm

    Guttersnipe is a word that isn’t used these days, but like to say.

  10. January 14, 2015 4:03 pm

    Wohoo knew the last one

  11. January 14, 2015 4:20 pm

    I’m sorry, ‘borborygmus’ was used in a novel, just casually in the sentence?? I’d have been stumped AND I’m so lazy, I wouldn’t have looked it up.

  12. January 14, 2015 5:28 pm

    I like all of these. I’ve never come across ‘borborygmus’ though.

  13. Patty permalink
    January 14, 2015 6:19 pm

    I love the word guttersnipe!

  14. January 16, 2015 1:29 am

    I LOVE borborygmus! I suspect Dylan will, too … 🙂

  15. January 17, 2015 12:48 pm

    Borborygmus does sound very Diana Gabaldon! Great words.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    January 24, 2015 9:39 am

    Guttersnipe makes sense. But I love borborygmus!

  17. January 29, 2015 8:48 pm

    Love it!!! Bogart, Bogarting – Ha! I’m so doing this one next week. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

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