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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 5, 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 The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank.

1. impasto – “And she laid the guilt on me with a thick impasto.”

Impasto is the thick application of a pigment to a canvas or panel in painting.


My second word came from Check, Please? by Francesca Serritella, one of the essays in Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella.

2. lede – “This is not just burying the lede, this is dipping its feet in concrete and dumping it off the Brooklyn Bridge.”

I’ve heard this word before but never knew it was spelled this way.  Lede means the introductory section of a news story that is intended to entice the reader to read the full story.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2015 6:04 am

    Both completely new to me.I even went and looked at lede for its origins.

  2. August 5, 2015 6:49 am

    I love this Wondrous Words meme that you do! I’ve heard both these words before but never think of “lede” in the journalistic sense spelled that way, either, although I think I’ve seen it before in a Michael Connelly book! I listened to Lisa Scottoline and her daughter’s last collection of essays on audio, and thought of trying this one that way too.

  3. August 5, 2015 7:08 am

    The essay collection this week sounds awesome too! I’ll have to look for that one as well. I like Laurie’s idea of listening to them on audio.
    I never realized how lede was spelled that way either! Thanks for figuring that out for us.

  4. August 5, 2015 7:52 am

    I never knew lede was spelled that way!!

  5. August 5, 2015 8:10 am

    Me too – knew what lede meant but got the spelling wrong!

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 5, 2015 9:12 am

    When I paint in oils or acrylics, I often use the technique of impasto. Lede I knew, but not the correct spelling. Great words, Kathy!

  7. August 5, 2015 9:42 am

    Impasto was vaguely familiar, but lede is simply unfair!

  8. August 5, 2015 10:22 am

    “Impasto” sounds like food or a sauce! Didn’t know the spelling of lede, so I learned two words today.

  9. August 5, 2015 11:15 am

    Never heard those before

  10. August 5, 2015 11:22 am

    I didn’t that was how to spell lede either. Oh the American language!

  11. August 5, 2015 1:36 pm

    great words, thanks.

  12. August 5, 2015 2:23 pm

    I’m with Leslie – My first thought was Italian food – something saucy and cheesy an full of good flavor and high carbs.

  13. Patty permalink
    August 5, 2015 3:31 pm

    Very unusual and very hard to actually use words!

  14. August 5, 2015 3:40 pm

    Did not know lede was spelled like that either.

  15. August 5, 2015 6:37 pm

    Excellent words, Kathy! I hope you are enjoying your reading this week. 🙂

  16. bookingmama permalink
    August 8, 2015 12:01 pm

    I actually knew lede! Woo Hoo!

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