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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 29, 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 my first word in Aquarium by David Vann.

1. scree – “My grandfather’s voice too, high now and strained, not like him at all, sounding almost like a woman, old, or the high scree of sticks when they rub together in the wind.”

I knew that scree means an accumulation of stones or rocks lying on a slope but didn’t think that fit here so I looked it up but couldn’t find another definition.  I’m guessing the author was using it as an onomatopoeia to describe the sound of his voice.


My second word is from an advanced copy of The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy.

2. cawl – “’Priscilla, my wife, has a hearty cawl waiting over the fire,” said George.”

Cawl is a traditional Welsh stew.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2015 7:52 am

    Interesting use of scree.

  2. April 29, 2015 8:35 am

    I thought a cawl is when a baby is born in the sac,like in the phrase “a cawl over the face”.

  3. April 29, 2015 8:42 am

    I want to read The Mapmaker’s Children.

    I like that word scree. 🙂

  4. beth hoffman permalink
    April 29, 2015 9:40 am

    Though I knew both words, the use of scree seemed odd to me.

  5. April 29, 2015 10:45 am

    Both of these words are new to me, Kathy! I can’t post a WWW today, as I had a review due, but I hope to soon. This is one of my favorite memes, as I’ve mentioned before.

  6. April 29, 2015 10:57 am

    Scree. I like that.

  7. April 29, 2015 11:12 am

    Both are new to me.

  8. April 29, 2015 11:56 am

    I should have guessed the meaning of cawl from the context but I didn’t. I see you’re reading Eight Hundred Grapes- can’t wait to hear what you think!

  9. April 29, 2015 12:32 pm

    My favorite word in your post is onomatopoeia. Although I’m sure you’ve shared it with us before, didn’t remember it. Interesting.

  10. Patty permalink
    April 29, 2015 1:24 pm

    Interesting words but not that pretty…lol…

  11. April 29, 2015 3:41 pm

    Cawl is an interesting word for a stew.

  12. April 29, 2015 3:46 pm

    Stew, nice

  13. April 30, 2015 6:49 am

    I’ve heard the word scree before but always have to look it up! (I think you wrote “stones or ropes” but meant “stones or rocks”?) When I hear “cawl” I think of the membrane that sometimes is still on a child that’s born, but I guess that’s “caul”!

  14. bookingmama permalink
    May 12, 2015 7:28 am

    I can’t wait to make and serve some beef cawl at our house!

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