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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 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!

This week’s words came from an uncorrected proof of Hold Still by Sally Mann.

1. karst – “In spite of the superficially terrible shape it was in, the land still had what my mother called “good bones” — beautifully undulating pasturelands, partly the result of our sinkhole-prone karst geology, extensive, cliff-protected river frontage, mountain views, old-growth forests, and a sense of deep privacy and sanctuary.”

Karst is an irregular limestone region with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.


2. mephitic – “As Molly and my mother watched from the doorway, Jessie and Uncle Skip, both red in the face, screamed and threatened each other as mephitic wisps of smoke curled around them.”

Mephitic means of, relating to, or resembling mephitis: foul-smelling.


3. refulgence – “Making a photograph in these conditions is a challenge, even for modern film, and the resulting image often appears to have been breathed onto the negative; a moist refulgence within deepening shadows, details dissipating like those in a painting by Turner.”

Refulgence is a radiant or resplendent quality or state: brilliance.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2015 7:24 am

    You are to be commended for checking definitions when you read. I rarely do, unless it is an ebook and I can just tap the screen. Because otherwise, I would actually have to GET UP off the couch to go in the other room, which seems like too much….

  2. March 11, 2015 8:06 am

    I really need to keep a notebook when I am reading. You always have such good words!

  3. March 11, 2015 8:07 am

    I didn’t know any of these words!

  4. March 11, 2015 8:34 am

    I love being able to check definitions as I read on my kindle… kind of miss that when I read an actual book now!

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 11, 2015 9:22 am

    Great words, Kathy … mephitic is new to me!

  6. March 11, 2015 9:38 am

    Didn’t know karst. Kind of heard of mephitic. Definitely heard of refulgence – but the definition didn’t ring much of a bell. Rats.

  7. March 11, 2015 11:45 am

    The three sentences and three new-to-me words you shared are a lovely little look at the book. I’d like to read Hold Still now.

  8. March 11, 2015 12:14 pm

    Refulgence… I like that. It is like a word of the year!

  9. March 11, 2015 1:32 pm

    Funny, I think mephitic sounds more like brilliant, and refulgence sounds more like something that smells bad. I’m way off! Thanks Kathy.

  10. March 11, 2015 3:34 pm

    Two new words I learned today.

  11. March 11, 2015 5:11 pm

    Excellent new words, Kathy! I always learn from WWW. I hope your reading has been refulgent this week!

  12. March 11, 2015 5:11 pm

    Never heard of them

  13. March 13, 2015 11:38 am

    Great words Kathy! Mephitic is one I can use right now, living near farms in the spring! lol

  14. readerbuzz permalink
    March 15, 2015 1:44 pm

    Love running across new words. And all of these are new-to-me.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    March 24, 2015 8:43 pm

    All brand spanking new to me!

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