Skip to content

Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 24, 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 are from The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis.

1. shtetl – “A life of shtetl dimensions.”

A shtetl is a small Jewish town or village found in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust.


2. imbroglio – “And for much of the day now he and Leora had been traveling, beginning with the surreptitious early-morning flight from Tel Aviv to Kiev, another from Kiev to Simferopol, the bus from there to Yalta, and then the imbroglio with the hotel.”

An imbroglio is an intricate or complicated situation.


3. refusenik – “Kotler came to know them in Israel at the periodic gatherings of former refuseniks.”

I could figure this one out but I was curious to see if it’s actually a word so I looked it up.  Refusenik is in my dictionary and it is a Soviet citizen, especially a Jew, who is refused permission to emigrate.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2015 5:14 am

    I actually know all of these this week, even without context clues. All of the quotes from the book make it seem like it will be exciting, but possibly sad or scary.

  2. readerbuzz permalink
    June 24, 2015 6:31 am

    The prompt at Top Ten Tuesday was to name one’s top ten top ten prompts of the last five years. As I browsed through others’ posts, I was astonished to see how many people mentioned the prompt from September of 2010, Top Ten Words I Love. Lots of word lovers out here in book land.

  3. June 24, 2015 9:29 am

    Knew all 3 words but only the definition of shtetl. Thought imbroglio was a dispute and refusenik was a Soviet citizen who defied the government. So close…and, yet, definitely so far.

  4. Patty permalink
    June 24, 2015 9:38 am

    Imbroglio sounds as though it should be a pasta dish! Or a soup!

  5. June 24, 2015 9:39 am

    I knew the first one, the rest, not so much

  6. June 24, 2015 9:42 am

    I’ve used refusenik used many times in my life – but always the wrong way, it seems. I (and my friends) too thought it was someone who did the refusing. lol

    Thanks for setting us straight. 🙂

  7. June 24, 2015 9:54 am

    I learned a new word, refusenik….Intriguing.

  8. beth hoffman permalink
    June 24, 2015 9:56 am

    I knew imbroglio but the others are new to me!

  9. June 24, 2015 11:44 am

    I don’t even know how to begin pronouncing shtetl! But again, you have me very curious about this book!! You liking it?

  10. June 24, 2015 11:58 am

    I’ve never seen shtetl before. The other two, yes 🙂

  11. June 24, 2015 12:23 pm

    Awesome words!

  12. June 24, 2015 1:08 pm

    You’re getting a lot of words from that book!

  13. June 24, 2015 4:08 pm

    Refusenik–I will remember that. I hope to use the word imbroglio one of these days. Excellent words, Kathy!

  14. June 24, 2015 4:23 pm

    Great new words for me.

  15. June 24, 2015 4:44 pm

    Imbroglio is a fun word – and I believe, with four children, I should have ample opportunity to use it this week! Thanks.

  16. June 24, 2015 7:47 pm

    All new to me!

  17. June 25, 2015 2:03 pm

    I’ve heard refusenik before and always thought it was a made-up word. Now I know!

  18. bookingmama permalink
    July 6, 2015 2:41 pm

    Always learning something!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: