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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 13, 2016

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!

Have you heard of Word Warriors?  It’s a program at Wayne State University that “promotes words especially worthy of retrieval from the linguistic closet.”   I recently discovered their 2016 Top 10 and wanted to share a few of the words I found there.   Be sure to check out the list and let me know which words you think you can use.

1. delectation – “I showed up with a box of chocolates for her delectation.”

Delectation means pleasure and delight.


2. sockdolager – “On the playground, ‘I know you are, but what am I’ is the ultimate sockdolager to many an argument.”

A sockdolager is something that settles a matter; a decisive blow or answer.


3. epigone – “Even their most loyal fans knew The Monkees were a silly, manufactured epigone of The Beatles.”

An epigone is a less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2016 7:30 am

    Now we need a list of good sockdolagers!

  2. January 13, 2016 9:19 am

    Delectation was vaguely familiar – 0/3.

  3. January 13, 2016 9:28 am

    I’m off to check out that list. I may be able to use delectation. Surely everyone will look at me as if I have lost my mind.

  4. Patty permalink
    January 13, 2016 10:38 am

    Wow! Now I really think I use the same words over and over again…

  5. January 13, 2016 10:53 am

    I can see myself adding delectation to the rotation! Epigone sounds like it will come in handy too. The whole list is cool – thanks for sharing! I feel like I hear anathema and rumpus sometimes, and torpid sounds particularly useful for those of us with teenagers 🙂

  6. January 13, 2016 11:44 am

    Sockdolager is new to me, and it made me laugh when I read it out loud!

  7. January 13, 2016 12:34 pm

    I like your new source of new/old words. I like the idea of recovering old. out-of-use words. Sockdolager is the best. (Looks like Word-Correct doesn’t know it yet.)

  8. January 13, 2016 12:44 pm

    Sockdolager is fantastic! I’m writing that one down. And thanks for the tip on Word Warriors. I think I might have to dedicate a post to that site!

  9. January 13, 2016 2:40 pm

    Sockdolager is the word John Wilkes Booth waited for in the play for his cue to kill Lincoln (because everyone would be laughing over it).

  10. January 13, 2016 3:15 pm


    Sockdolager is my favorite of your word trio. I want to use it in a sentence, or better yet, settle a matter with a sockdolager. (Although I have just read rhapsodyinbooks’ comment–oh, no!)

  11. January 13, 2016 3:20 pm

    Sockdolager caught my attention, a good word.

  12. January 13, 2016 3:40 pm

    All three words are great. I had to look up pronunciation on the last two. I wanted to make sure I said them correctly. Fun post!

  13. January 13, 2016 3:48 pm

    I wonder if any breweries have concocted a Sockdo Lager?

  14. January 13, 2016 5:24 pm

    Those are all ‘new-to-me’ words. Love Sockdolager…now I have to look for a spot to use it!

  15. bookingmama permalink
    January 14, 2016 7:17 pm

    I only knew the first one because of delectable!

  16. January 28, 2016 5:01 pm

    I’ve heard 1 + 2 before, but sockdolager is a new one! Great choices. 💗

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