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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 21, 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 found a few words of Irish origin in The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor.

1. hooley – “The wedding day had brought with it a sprinkling of snow and a rousing hooley, family and friends traveling from the outlying villages of the parish to join in with the céilí and the craic late into the night.”

A hooley is a party or an evening of traditional music and dance.


2. jarvey – “The sudden cry of a cockerel nearby made one of the horses skitter, the metal fastenings on the harness jangling noisily against its sturdy flanks until the jarvey shushed and soothed it.”

A jarvey is a driver or coachman.



What words do you want to celebrate today?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2015 9:02 am

    Two new words for me! Good choices!

    Book Dilettante

  2. January 21, 2015 10:03 am

    Nope. No clue.

  3. January 21, 2015 10:17 am

    Hooley and jarvey are terrific words! My word is semiotics, the study of signs.

  4. talesofwhimsy permalink
    January 21, 2015 10:21 am

    Hooley? I kinda love it.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 21, 2015 10:22 am

    Love both these words and they’re new to me!

  6. January 21, 2015 12:11 pm

    I agree with “talesofwhimsy” – hooley is fun, and it sounds like a party. I’d like to use it for some of the escapades that go on around my house, but I get the sense from the quote that it has a cultural reference. Is that true?

  7. January 21, 2015 12:12 pm

    Hi kathy

  8. January 21, 2015 12:18 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I just sent the last message as a test to see if I had managed to overcome our little communication difficulties and it would appear that I have 🙂

    Two jolly sounding words, as befits their Irish origins, although I think that hooley has to be my favourite. I was also amazed to learn that there is a small village in the south east of the UK, which is also called Hooley and in the last taken census of 2011, had a population numbering less than 1,000.

    I am not sure that ‘The Girl Who Came Home’ is a book for me, but thanks for sharing your words,


  9. January 21, 2015 12:55 pm

    What is it about Irish words that makes me smile? Hooley is such a nice sounding word.

  10. Patty permalink
    January 21, 2015 1:48 pm

    Very unusual!

  11. January 21, 2015 2:25 pm

    I think hooley sounds more like a bar party than a wedding party!

  12. January 21, 2015 3:25 pm

    Never heard those

  13. January 21, 2015 3:45 pm

    Never heard of these two Irish words. They are good ones.

  14. January 21, 2015 9:17 pm

    Great words.

  15. jilllora permalink
    January 22, 2015 9:25 pm

    I could go for a good hooley. 😉

  16. bookingmama permalink
    January 24, 2015 9:35 am

    Both are new to me! Hooley is kind of neat, right?

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