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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 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!

My first word came from Break These Rules, a collection of essays by YA authors, edited by Luke Reynolds.  My new word is from the essay Don’t Tell by Neesha Meminger.

1. foeticide – “Punjab has one of the highest rates of both female foeticide and bride burning in all the states of India.”

Foeticide is destruction or abortion of a fetus.


I also found one more word in No Better Friend by Robert Weintraub.

2. rumbustious – “One chap named Winstanley had a very powerful baritone voice and had quite a repertoire of rumbustious songs which were very popular.”

Rumbustious means rambunctious.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2015 6:41 am

    I love rumbustious, so fun to say! And I have a murder word this week, too.

  2. July 29, 2015 7:21 am

    Both new to me. The second word sounds so close to rambunctious I wonder why its used – maybe different eras?

  3. bookingmama permalink
    July 29, 2015 8:30 am

    I was going to say exactly what Mary said! I bet everyone wonders this when they hear both words!

  4. July 29, 2015 9:16 am

    I had not heard either word, but would have thought rambustious was a editing error for rambunctious. Maybe I will have to rethink my initial reactions to words I think are just spelled wrong. I might learn a thing or two!

  5. Patty permalink
    July 29, 2015 9:18 am

    Rambunctious and its counterpart…very interesting!

  6. July 29, 2015 9:21 am

    Nope and nope.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 29, 2015 9:40 am

    Didn’t know either one!

  8. July 29, 2015 9:48 am

    I have heard of rambunctious but not rumbustious. Quite a word!

  9. July 29, 2015 9:57 am

    In answer to: What words do you want to celebrate today? I’m kind of thinking: nap. Or house-husband.

  10. July 29, 2015 10:52 am

    When I say it I know nr 1, I just did not know the spelling

  11. the bookworm permalink
    July 29, 2015 11:33 am

    Both new to me and interesting about rumbustious.

  12. July 29, 2015 11:36 am

    I like your new words Kathy, but I also like Jill’s. I’ve only been up for an hour and I’m already thinking nap too.

  13. July 29, 2015 12:20 pm

    I’ve heard of rambunctious but not rumbustious.
    Didn’t know foeticide. Don’t like the word or it’s meaning.

  14. July 29, 2015 12:20 pm

    Great words, but I’m more excited about the collection of essays. I write YA and would love to read Break These Rules. Is it hard to find? I love words that sound like what they mean – I might be able to remember rumbustious! 😉

  15. July 29, 2015 2:30 pm

    great words.

  16. July 29, 2015 3:38 pm


  17. July 30, 2015 1:53 am

    I hadn’t heard of this book before so I had to look it up. Great line-up of YA authors! Interesting that rumbustious is so similar to rambunctious – those authors are trying to put something over on us with these variations 🙂 Meminger’s story sounds very intense from that one sentence sample.

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