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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 4, 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!

I found two new words in Newport by Jill Morrow.

1. quell – “Jim sent him a quelling glance from across the table.”

After I looked this up, I realized I should have known it.  Quelling means to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity.

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2. pillory – “’No need to pillory yourself, Adrian,’ she said gently.”

In this case, pillory means to expose to public contempt, ridicule, or scorn.

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My last word was in an advanced copy of Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker.

3. Rolfing – “You were a rolfer, too, massaging those lucky people while wearing nothing or your loincloth.”

Rolfing is used for a system of muscle massage intended to serve as both physical and emotional therapy.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2015 6:21 am

    I think I’ve heard quell before, for example “quell the subject”, but didn’t know the other two.

  2. November 4, 2015 9:11 am

    Got the 1st, knew the 2nd, but couldn’t put it into words, didn’t know 3rd.

  3. November 4, 2015 10:47 am

    I have seen these words before, but they are not in my everyday vocabulary. I hope I never give quelling glances to anyone.

  4. November 4, 2015 12:53 pm

    I’ve had a rolfing massage, and it was quite an experience. I knew “quell” but pillory didn’t ring a memory bell.

  5. November 4, 2015 1:07 pm

    I thought I knew pillory but I must have been thinking of something else. So, that means all three of your words are new to me.

  6. November 4, 2015 1:14 pm

    With all my PT training, I should have known rolfing. Thanks for the review.

  7. November 4, 2015 2:08 pm

    Rolfing is a good one to know and use! Thanks for adding to my vocabulary.

  8. Patty permalink
    November 4, 2015 2:50 pm

    These are very varied words!

  9. November 4, 2015 4:13 pm

    I have seen the first one in my his rom books

  10. November 4, 2015 5:59 pm

    I like “quelling glance” – glad to know what it means! You stumped me this week.

  11. November 7, 2015 8:04 am

    I love stuff like this. Thanks!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    November 13, 2015 9:11 am

    Rolfing is entirely new to me!

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