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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 4, 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 three new words in Dataclysm by Christian Rudder.

1. auteur – “The next weekend, some other friends were going and since John Waters is a respected auteur, and hey I’m a cool guy who gets it, I figured there was at least some chance I was wrong the first time.”

An auteur is a filmmaker whose influence and artistic vision is so great the filmmaker is consider the author of the film.  A well known example is Alfred Hitchcock.


2. tautology – “You’d like more than tautologies, but sex and the data are inextricable.”

Tautology is saying the same thing twice, using different words.


3. fiat – “The boundaries of many communities were created by fiat or accident — or both.”

A fiat is an authoritative decree, sanction, or order.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2015 7:34 am

    So glad you are reading that – such a fun book!

  2. Patty permalink
    March 4, 2015 8:15 am

    I love the sound of tautology!

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 4, 2015 8:47 am

    Fiat I knew, but the others were new to me!

  4. March 4, 2015 9:33 am

    Thought I knew 1 – didn’t. Was familiar with 2 – but not the meaning. Knew 3 (hurray!).

  5. March 4, 2015 9:34 am

    I like that word “tautology.” Never have seen it or heard it.

  6. March 4, 2015 12:03 pm

    I like the word and meaning of auteur. The example of Hitchcock is a good one. Now I’m trying to think of other filmmakers who are auteur. Maybe the Coen brothers?

  7. March 4, 2015 1:58 pm

    Wow. All new to me.

  8. March 4, 2015 3:23 pm

    Two new ones for me, thanks! for sharing.

  9. March 4, 2015 4:08 pm

    New to me 🙂

  10. March 4, 2015 4:29 pm

    Excellent words, Kathy! I thought I’d be able to post a WWW, but time slipped away from me this morning.

  11. March 5, 2015 1:39 am

    I thought I knew what “auteur” meant. I was wrong!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    March 5, 2015 8:49 am

    I found fiat to be interesting… especially since it’s the name of a car.

  13. Bonnie permalink
    March 5, 2015 11:30 am

    I’m always running behind on posting! I thought I knew the words you featured but your post brought them into focus, thanks!

  14. March 5, 2015 12:03 pm

    Dataclysm sounds like a fascinating read! (and the title is also a wondrous word!) I hear auteur used a lot (Scorcese, Kubrick, Tarantino, etc) but tautology is new to me.

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