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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 23, 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 Word-a-Day calendar came through for me again this week.

1. veridical – “All psychotherapies are based on the fact that memory is not veridical, that unconscious desires and fantasies exert their force on us all . . .” — Henry Kaminer, The Weekly Standard, July 31, 2000

Veridical means truthful or veracious.


2. bouleversement – “The darkening sky prompted a bouleversement of the captain’s order to prepare to set sail.”

In this case, bouleversement means reversal.  Somehow, I can’t see myself using this word.


3. gulosity – “After Bobby helped himself to a third serving of mashed potatoes, his father asked incredulously, ‘Does your gulosity know no bounds?’.”

Gulosity is a noun that means excessive appetitie: greediness.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2015 7:32 am

    I might have figured out the first one but I’m actually surprised I haven’t heard of the last. (Or maybe I have and I just forget.)

  2. September 23, 2015 8:05 am

    Gulosity is a great word…I’m going to find a way to use it today!

  3. September 23, 2015 8:31 am

    I love your comment for word #2! LOL

  4. September 23, 2015 9:13 am

    Didn’t know any of them before I saw the definitions and couldn’t relate to any of them after seeing the definitions. Good ones.

  5. September 23, 2015 9:36 am

    I haven’t heard any of these words before. They are fun, but they almost seem made up for a nonsense language!

  6. Patty permalink
    September 23, 2015 9:36 am

    Whoa baby…those are mouthfuls…

  7. September 23, 2015 12:02 pm

    Veridical makes sense- knowing that verity means truth. The rest are tongue twisters and too obscure for me to use in everyday conversation either, but thanks for sharing them!

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 23, 2015 12:04 pm

    I recognized gulosity, but the others are new to me. Great words, Kathy!

  9. September 23, 2015 12:13 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    All new words to me today – and what some words!!

    I guess that I would use gluttony rather than gulosity and has an almost identical definition.

    I can’t think why we would need two words with the exact same meaning, but I guess that is just one of the vagaries of the English language and to be fair, both words sound as bad as one another!

    Thanks for such a fun and interesting post and for hosting WWW 🙂


  10. September 23, 2015 1:38 pm

    If someone used veridical with me I would have thought they were mispronouncing vertical. I do love my word-a-day calendar too.

  11. September 23, 2015 4:08 pm

    weird ones

  12. September 23, 2015 4:57 pm

    I haven’t heard of those before, and they are all great words!

  13. September 23, 2015 5:06 pm

    That word-a-day calendar is a vocabulary booster! All of these are new to me.

  14. September 23, 2015 6:45 pm

    Veridical is a great word to know! Excellent words this week, Kathy!

  15. September 23, 2015 8:30 pm

    I thought I knew a lot of words but I see that I don’t. Lol. These are good.

  16. September 23, 2015 9:36 pm

    All new to me today, too!

  17. bookingmama permalink
    October 5, 2015 2:50 pm

    All new to me and I’m not even sure I can use them!

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