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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 11, 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 two new words in Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow.

1. physiognomy – “Neither of us spoke, but physiognomic judgements passed between us, embedded in glares of disapproval.”

Physiognomy is the art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance.


2. fluctuant – “Whatever I might feel about guys was subordinate and fluctuant, and I wanted to forever keep it bottled up tight, like the cork in a whiskey jug.”

Fluctuant has a couple different meanings.  In this case, I think the author meant variable or unstable.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2015 4:07 am

    That second word is a new one for me. Thank you.

  2. February 11, 2015 7:09 am

    Hi, I’m not well today. So, don’t stop by my place. I won’t be able to return the visits. Will be out for a while. Just quietly working on…..

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    February 11, 2015 9:39 am

    You stumped me with fluctuant!

  4. February 11, 2015 9:50 am

    Really like physiognomy. Have seen it but didn’t know what it meant.

  5. February 11, 2015 10:03 am

    Interesting words. Both new to me, as is the book they are from.

  6. February 11, 2015 10:16 am

    I think I already practice physiogomy. I just call it people watching. It started in college when I’d try to guess what students were majoring in. Now I like to guess what kind of jobs they do.

  7. February 11, 2015 11:50 am

    Both of these are excellent, new to me words. The book is also new to me!

  8. February 11, 2015 12:00 pm

    I think to pronounce both of those words, one needs to keep the cork in the whiskey jug!

  9. February 11, 2015 1:57 pm

    I figured “fluctuant” meant changing, like “fluctuate.” Physiognomy sounds cool. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Patty permalink
    February 11, 2015 2:37 pm

    Those two words are a mouthful!

  11. February 11, 2015 3:27 pm

    Yay I knew the second

  12. February 11, 2015 10:45 pm

    I always thought physiognomy meant something quite different! Good to know the right meaning 🙂

  13. bookingmama permalink
    February 12, 2015 12:36 pm

    It’s a miracle! I knew both! I think I knew physiognomy from a historical fiction read!

  14. February 17, 2015 2:53 am

    I’m kind of fluctuant at time too…

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