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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 27, 2016

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I found two more words in Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam.

1. abrogate – “You have abrogated that responsibility.”

Abrogate means to repeal or do away with.


2. nonce – “We shall be on the enemy in a nonce.”

Nonce means (of a word or expression) coined for or used on one occasion.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2016 6:00 am

    I like “Abrogate” – I could see myself using that one. “Nonce” still confuses me a bit, I suspect it’s rather archaic?

    • January 27, 2016 7:04 am

      I use “for the nonce” all the time, in the sense of okay for now

      • January 27, 2016 7:54 am

        Okay, that’s starting to make a little more sense! Still I think my friends would blink twice if I used it around them!

  2. bookingmama permalink
    January 27, 2016 8:49 am

    I totally see nonce! That book sure had some interesting words.

  3. January 27, 2016 9:36 am

    I think I got abrogate and thought I knew nonce – but didn’t!

  4. January 27, 2016 9:39 am

    Didn’t know either of them.

  5. January 27, 2016 10:20 am

    I had heard abrogate, but could not have spelled it. Nonce is completely new, but I like it.
    ps: Grammarly thinks I need an article in the sentence before nonce. Funny!

  6. January 27, 2016 10:35 am

    Nonce is new to me!

  7. lemon123 permalink
    January 27, 2016 11:10 am

    Nonce is new to me too.

  8. January 27, 2016 12:15 pm

    Abrogate sounds like legalize. I’ll have to play with nonce.

  9. January 27, 2016 1:03 pm

    Ha! I can see myself using “abrogate” with my students…A LOT.

  10. January 27, 2016 1:13 pm

    Hi Kathy

    This probably isn’t a book I can see myself rushing to read and whilst I know the word ‘abrogate’, I didn’t know ‘nonce’ in the context in which the author and all your fellow commenters obviously do. Here in the UK ‘nonce’ for most people, would have a completely different meaning .. This from Wikipedia ..

    “In the United Kingdom, nonce is a slang word for a pariah within a community of prisoners, typically a sex offender, child sexual abuser or one who has turned Queen’s evidence.”

    I obviously much prefer your US definition of the word 🙂


  11. January 27, 2016 2:17 pm

    Ha, I think I would have used abrogate when speaking to my kids when they were teens 🙂

  12. January 27, 2016 3:18 pm

    They are both new to me.

  13. January 27, 2016 3:26 pm

    Both excellent words that I should have known! I hope to remember them.

  14. January 27, 2016 3:59 pm


  15. January 28, 2016 12:11 pm

    Abrogate is such a fun word to say! I have to look for a reason to say it.

  16. January 31, 2016 6:29 am

    I’ve heard of “nonce” before, but not with that meaning.

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