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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 12, 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!

It’s been a while since I’ve had to do this, but I had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. suborn – “In the first place, a jury could not easily be suborned by any one.” — Theodore Dreiser, The Financier

Suborn is a verb that means to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing.


2. sward – “Students in flip-flops slap lazily across the green swards of campuses as bell music peals from the campaniles.” — Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post, August 31, 2005

A sward is a portion of ground covered with grass.


3. brummagem – “The jewelry box in Penelope’s grandmother’s closet was filled with brummagem costume jewelry.”

Brummagem is an adjective that means not genuine: spurious; also: cheaply showy: tawdry.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2015 5:58 am

    Brummagem sounds German or Yiddish.

  2. readerbuzz permalink
    August 12, 2015 7:09 am

    Sward is one of those words that sounds like it is made up by a small child, I think.

  3. August 12, 2015 9:21 am

    I didn’t know any of your words.

  4. August 12, 2015 9:46 am

    Both of your words today are unfamiliar to me. I own lots of brummagem jewelry. Not tawdry I hope, but definitely not genuine.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 12, 2015 9:50 am

    You stumped me. Great words, Kathy!

  6. August 12, 2015 9:52 am

    Knew 1 pretty well, 1 not so well, 1 not at all.

  7. August 12, 2015 10:09 am

    Out here in drought-ridden California a sward is a rare sight. It usually means someone is watering their grass against the new watering regulations,

    • August 12, 2015 5:30 pm

      Hi Margot,

      We definitely haven’t had that problem with summer, here in the UK this year. The weather has been pretty stable and nondescript, with every warm and sunny day, being counter-acted by a day such as we are expecting tomorrow … wet, Wet. WEt, WET!!

  8. August 12, 2015 10:39 am

    Brummagem…love it.

  9. August 12, 2015 1:45 pm

    Penelope’s grandmother’s jewelry box sounds like my own! 🙂 Brummagem. 🙂

  10. August 12, 2015 1:52 pm

    So I guess the g in brummagem is soft, as in “gem”? My grandmother had tons of brummagem jewelry that she shared with me.

  11. Patty permalink
    August 12, 2015 3:01 pm

    I intend to use the word sward…daily!

  12. August 12, 2015 3:42 pm

    Three new words for me today.

  13. August 12, 2015 3:45 pm

    New once again 🙂

  14. August 12, 2015 5:27 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I know of sward and have also heard the word brummagem mentioned by the experts on UK television’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ – however suborn was completely new to me.

    None of your words are obvious candidates for everyday usage, but are nonetheless interesting and intriguing to me, so thanks for sharing 🙂


  15. August 12, 2015 5:47 pm

    Oh I like brummagem!

  16. August 12, 2015 7:49 pm

    Sward is the only one I’m familiar with. Great words!

  17. bookingmama permalink
    August 24, 2015 10:17 pm

    Crazy that none of these are even the slightest bit familiar.

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