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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 28, 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’ve been reading but I guess the books I’m reading aren’t difficult enough because I haven’t found any new words.  Thank heavens for my Word-a-Day calendar!

1. jactitiation – “I shifted and moved like I suffered from severe jactitation continuously tossing and twitching.” — Eric Jerome Dickey, Pleasure

Jactitation is a noun that means a tossing to and fro or jerking and twitching of the body.


2. gasconade – “Honesty and frankness do more for the public’s confidence . . . than extravagant boasting or supercilious gasconade.” — F. Gonzalez-Crussi, The New York Times, April 7, 2002

Gasconade is a noun as well.  It means a bravado or exaggerated boasting.


3. tontine – “At the heart of the novel is a fortune derived from a tontine, a kind of raffle, pegged to longevity.” — Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

A tontine is a joint financial arrangement whereby the participants usually contribute equally to a prize that is awarded entirely to the final survivor.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2015 7:08 am

    Looking at the definition of your first word (jactitiation) and the example sentence, it seems the author actually repeats himself in a way.

  2. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 28, 2015 9:17 am

    I love ti word gasconade!

  3. January 28, 2015 9:46 am

    Didn’t know them and have never even heard them before. Good ones.

  4. January 28, 2015 10:43 am

    Jactitiation sounds kind of obscene, LOL

  5. January 28, 2015 11:07 am

    jactitiation… I had to laugh at Jill’s comment. It does seem to be a cool word though!

  6. January 28, 2015 12:08 pm

    Kathy, sometimes the best writing comes with simple words. But “difficult” books do give us more material for WWW. My favorite here is also jactitation. I had to use my dictionary app to pronounce it! What a tongue twister.

  7. January 28, 2015 12:11 pm

    Thanks for keeping this going, I enjoy learning new words and reading my own books a little closer to find them!

    Tontine – sounds a little like marriage!

  8. January 28, 2015 12:33 pm

    Great words, Kathy! I should have know gasconade as I’m sure I’ve come across it before. My calendar word of the day is nuncupative, which means spoken rather than written.

  9. January 28, 2015 1:14 pm

    I’ll be careful to watch out for a tontine. Sounds like it could be dangerous to both one’s money and life. Mmm, sounds like a good plot for a thriller.

  10. January 28, 2015 3:51 pm

    The word gasconade caught my eye.

  11. January 28, 2015 4:10 pm

    Never come across those before

  12. January 28, 2015 6:34 pm

    You’re reading a book by Eric Jerome Dickey?! Is it romance? How is it so far?

  13. January 28, 2015 10:45 pm

    Are you good at remembering the words after you use them here? I am horrible. As much as I read, I still use words like “cool”. It is very cool that you collect words!

  14. January 28, 2015 11:03 pm

    These 3 were all new to me. I found some words, but didn’t get a post put together. I’ll have some for next week!

  15. jmcguin7 permalink
    January 28, 2015 11:38 pm

    All new to me!!

  16. January 29, 2015 12:54 am

    Jactitation! That’s an interesting one.

  17. January 30, 2015 10:05 pm

    you find the neatest words!

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