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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 25, 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 more words in my uncorrected proof of Hold Still by Sally Mann.

1. incommode – “Not taking any chances on being incommoded if a chain broke or a tire was punctured, Munger prudently insisted upon a horse-and-buggy backup that traveled a discreet distance behind the car parade.”

Incommode means to give inconvenience or distress to: disturb.


2. parietal – “Breaking all the parietal rules, I had snuck Jon up to my attic room in Tower Dorm on that Wednesday afternoon in 1968, my seventeenth birthday.”

It turns out there are several very different meanings for parietal.  In this case, Mann meant the regulations governing the visiting privileges of members of the opposite sex in campus dormitories.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2015 7:07 am

    I think I will have to use “incommode” when my husband yells where am I, and I want to respond that I am in the bathroom…. (speaking double entendre-ly, you see….)

  2. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 25, 2015 9:10 am

    You stumped me with both words!

  3. March 25, 2015 9:17 am

    Incommode is a great word. I need to use it in a sentence!

  4. March 25, 2015 9:27 am

    1 out of 2 – but the one I missed was WAY off the mark.

  5. Patty permalink
    March 25, 2015 10:22 am

    How did I miss that book…Hold Still?

  6. March 25, 2015 1:06 pm

    I was thinking “parental” when I saw “parietal.” It’s probably one of the meanings or at least somehow related. Two good finds today, Kathy.

  7. March 25, 2015 3:38 pm

    This word does give you the sense of parental. Good words.

  8. March 25, 2015 4:46 pm

    Nice ones 🙂

  9. March 25, 2015 6:25 pm

    I was thinking of something related to bathrooms when I saw “incommode” Thanks for clearing that up. 😉

  10. March 26, 2015 1:31 am

    “Parietal” is new to me – now I need to find out what all the other meanings are!

  11. March 26, 2015 11:50 am

    Both of these words are new to me! I hope you’re enjoying Hold Still.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    April 8, 2015 8:24 pm

    I didn’t know that meaning for parietal!

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