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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 7, 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. apophasis – “‘I won’t bring up that little incident that happened the last time you tried to cook a meal,’ said Laura, in a blatant display of apophasis.”

Apophasis is a noun that means the raising of an issue by claiming not to mention it.  Who knew there’s a word for that?!


2. quinquagenarian – “As a result of her lifelong dedication to exercise and a good diet, she still wears the same dress size as a quinquagenarian as she wore when she was in her twenties.”

A quinquagenarian is a fifty year old person.  I can’t imagine anyone using this word!


3. gormandize – “People stuff themselves, they gorge, they gormandize; their fingers are greasy from morning to night.” — Philippe Sagant, The Dozing Shaman

Gormandize means to eat gluttonously or ravenously.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2015 8:21 am

    Wow! All of those are great words, and are new to me. And no, I wouldn’t have thought there was a word for that.

  2. October 7, 2015 9:20 am

    In an unusual display of actually figuring a word out, I got quinquagenarian (although I thought it was somebody in their 50s, not exactly 50). No clue on apophysis. Should have guessed at gormandize.

  3. October 7, 2015 11:09 am

    Gormandize I could figure out, and quinquagenarian if I thought about it. “In a few years I will be a quinquagenarian.”

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 7, 2015 11:26 am

    I knew gormandize but the others are new to me!

  5. October 7, 2015 1:05 pm

    Apophasis is so fun, and I swear I’ve used it for WWW but couldn’t remember it.
    And, as the mother of four children, I’ve seen plenty of gormandizing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. October 7, 2015 1:22 pm

    I also love my word-a-day calendar and your post is a good example why. I had no idea apophysis existed but its a thing that occurs often. Good one Kathy.

  7. October 7, 2015 2:29 pm

    I didn’t know that apophasis was the word for that kind of conversation!

  8. October 7, 2015 3:39 pm

    New to me 🙂

  9. Patty permalink
    October 7, 2015 3:52 pm

    I feel…after seeing these…that I have a very limited vocabulary.

  10. October 7, 2015 4:00 pm

    All new for me, it’s good to learn new words.

  11. October 7, 2015 11:02 pm

    Excellent words, Kathy! Apophasis is my favorite this week.

    Here’s one from my word-a-day calendar: kingmaker: one having great influence over the choice of candidates for political office.

  12. October 8, 2015 6:52 am

    Apophasis is a very common technique used by the Supreme Court. They even start out passages by saying “We won’t discuss how….”

  13. October 8, 2015 10:36 am

    The only one of those I’ve heard before is “gormandize.” (Maybe I’m a glutton?) I love “quinquagenarian” — can’t wait to use it on some of my fifty-something friends.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    October 10, 2015 6:33 am

    I could figure out quinquagenarian but had never heard it before. The rest were new to me.

  15. October 12, 2015 3:25 am

    I need to get this word-a-day calendar for my kid to help with SAT prep! You stumped me this week.

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