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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 11, 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’m reading at a slow pace these days so I haven’t found any new words in my reading and had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. philomath – “Renee was such a philomath that even after she received her doctorate in chemistry, she went back to school to take classes in comparative literature.”

Renee is one smart cookie!  A philomath is a lover of learning: scholar; especially a student of mathematics.


2. polonymous – “Common epithets of Shiva, the polyonymous Hindu god of destruction and regeneration, are Shambhu, Shankara, Mahadeva, and Mahesha.”

Polyonymous means having or known by various names.


3. attenuate – “In her old age, the vividness of Helen’s memories attenuated.”

In this case, attenuate means to lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value of: weaken.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2015 5:00 am

    All 3 words are new to me.

  2. November 11, 2015 5:18 am

    I didn’t know any of those words, either.

  3. November 11, 2015 9:11 am

    Nailed it – #3, that is. No clue on #1 and #2.

  4. November 11, 2015 9:31 am

    I didn’t have a clue either. Do you ever find a new word that you incorporate into your daily language?

  5. November 11, 2015 9:53 am

    Attenuate I knew, but not the first two.

  6. November 11, 2015 10:20 am

    My son is a total philomath – can’t wait to share this word with him. Thanks Kathy!

  7. November 11, 2015 12:47 pm

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

  8. November 11, 2015 12:59 pm

    Attenuated seems to be speaking to me lately. I certainly like it better than saying my brain is getting fuzzy.

  9. Patty permalink
    November 11, 2015 2:24 pm

    Seriously? I always think I know these words but in reality I probably really don’t…sigh!

  10. Kim permalink
    November 11, 2015 3:08 pm

    Did not know any of these!

  11. November 11, 2015 4:00 pm

    I have never heard those

  12. November 11, 2015 6:11 pm

    Excellent calendar words, Kathy! I have been so busy–I need to check my own calendar for some words! 🙂

  13. November 12, 2015 10:23 am

    I learned three new words today, thanks! for sharing.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    November 13, 2015 9:02 am

    I could figure polyonymous out based on the root! But the first one is new to me!

  15. November 14, 2015 11:03 am

    I figured out philomath as well as the second word! YAY new words.

  16. November 15, 2015 10:58 pm

    I would have had to look up one and two also. I love new words. That used to be a favorite section of Reader’s Digest for me! 🙂

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