Wondrous Words Wednesday
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!
No new words from my reading this week so I turned back to my Word-a-Day calendar.
1. eldritch – “As a writer, she is best known for her eldritch tales of ghosts and otherworldly encounters.”
Eldritch means weird or eerie. It’s also the first name of a Minister of Magic in the Harry Potter books, which I find quite fitting.
2. ludic – “The playground resounded with the happy cries and galloping footsteps of ludic children.”
Ludic was coined by psychologists in the 1940s to describe what children do. It’s an adjective that means of, relating to, or characterized by play: playful
3. canaille – “I am not going to write for [the New York Weekly] — like all other papers that pay one splendidly, it circulates among stupid people & the canaille.” — Mark Twain, Letter, June 1, 1867
Canaille has two meanings – 1: rabble, riffraff 2: proletarian. Mark Twain was referring to the first meaning.
What words do you want to celebrate today?