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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 9, 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 first word came from Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis.

1. belay – “. . . I’d set up a belay system with knotted ropes and, with each footstep, stab my ice ax through the ice crust to prevent a fall.”

Belay is the securing of a person or a safety rope to an anchor point (as during mountain climbing); also: a method of so securing a person or a rope.


My second word came from The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas.

2. eisteddfod – “And when, just a month ago, the men’s choir of St. David’s learned they had won a trip to London to sing in an eisteddfod, he thought it miraculous.”

An eisteddfod is a Welsh competitive festival of the arts especially in poetry and singing.



What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2015 9:11 am

    Both are new to me.

  2. December 9, 2015 11:36 am

    I like belay. I can see how that might be used beyond the act of securing a place on a mountain or, in this paragraph, ice. Good find Kathy.

  3. December 9, 2015 12:05 pm

    Clueless on both. Great words, Kathy!

  4. December 9, 2015 12:49 pm

    No chance on #2. Knew #1 – after I read the def.

  5. December 9, 2015 1:06 pm

    I have some friends who are rock climbers, and I knew belay! The other word was new to me but sounds fun. Thanks, Kathy!

  6. December 9, 2015 2:52 pm

    Both new words for me today.

  7. Patty permalink
    December 9, 2015 4:50 pm

    New for me, too!

  8. December 9, 2015 9:46 pm

    Both of these words are new to me. The second word is especially hard to spell.

  9. December 9, 2015 10:24 pm

    I knew belay also. Our son and his wife are rock climbers. In fact he once climbed Devil’s Tower. Do you know where that is? Think Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 🙂
    I was completely in the dark with eisteddfod!

  10. December 10, 2015 6:41 am

    If you do a youtube search, you can watch eisteddfods! There are also Estonian song competitions on youtube. What’s most fun to me about them is (a) seeing the sheer number of participants and (b) hearing how “alien” the languages sound to me.

  11. December 13, 2015 3:01 am

    What a lovely meme!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    December 17, 2015 7:23 am

    Those are both interesting. I can’t say that I’ll every use eisteddfods though.

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