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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 18, 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. repine – “The tragic lover in the poem goes to his grave repining over his lost love.”

In this case, repine means to long for something.


2. greenmail – “The company lost $40 million in the greenmail scheme but was able to stay in operation with their executive staff intact.”

Greenmail is the practice of buying enough of a company’s stock to threaten a hostile takeover and reselling it to the company for above market value.  I guess this is like a financial blackmail.


3. squinny – “I leant far out, and squinnied for a sign/ That this was still the town that had been ‘mine.’ . . . .”

Squinny is a verb that means to look or peer with eyes partly closed: squint.  My eyes are so sensitive to light these days I squinny quite a bit!


What words do you want to celebrate today?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Patty permalink
    November 18, 2015 8:44 am

    Two things…

    I repining this dress I want for NYE!

    I like to squinty at wrinkles near my eyes! Heeheehee!

  2. Patty permalink
    November 18, 2015 8:45 am

    I wrote squinny and my iPad changed it!

  3. November 18, 2015 9:24 am

    0-3. I had heard of greenmail but couldn’t define it. Even when your words expose my limited vocabulary(!), I really look forward to seeing them.

  4. November 18, 2015 10:09 am

    Awesome words!

  5. November 18, 2015 10:46 am

    Liked your words today. Especially squinny. I’m going to try using this one this week.

  6. November 18, 2015 10:59 am

    I can relate to squinny, good words.

  7. November 18, 2015 11:36 am

    I squinny a lot too, but I thought it was my old eyes. Of course, it could be the sunlight coming through the hole in the ozone layer or the need for better glasses.(lol) Good words today Kathy

  8. November 18, 2015 12:42 pm

    I like squinny. My son was doing it a lot until we got his glasses updated. 😉

  9. November 18, 2015 3:38 pm

    Squinny is a fun one, and yes I’ve been doing it too. I’ve heard of pine but not repine – I like it a lot!

  10. lemon123 permalink
    November 18, 2015 3:47 pm

    “Squinny” is a cute word. Never heard of it.

  11. November 18, 2015 4:06 pm

    I have heard repine, but never looked what it meant 😉

  12. bookingmama permalink
    November 19, 2015 5:44 pm

    Squinny was new to me! I wonder why the word isn’t just squinty!

  13. November 20, 2015 1:52 am


    Thanks for the skinny on squinny (I am being silly)! Excellent words! 🙂

    Here’s today’s word from my word-a-day calendar: peripeteia. It means a sudden or unexpected reversal of circumstances or situation especially in a literary work.

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