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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 10, 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!

I found one new word in Like Family by Paolo Giordano.

1. assonance – “Nonetheless, he accepted that Mrs. A. had become Babette from a certain point on, his Babette, and I suspect that by assonance he associated that nickname with her babouches, the slippers that his nanny put on as soon as she entered our house and replaced side by side next to the chest at the end of the day.”

Assonance is literary device that takes place when two or more words close to each other repeat the same vowel sound but start with different consonant sounds.  A well known example is, “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.”


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Patty permalink
    February 10, 2016 7:55 am

    Assonance…hmmm…I could be misinterpreted if I used that word!

  2. joyweesemoll permalink
    February 10, 2016 9:09 am

    I know assonance and alliteration from studying poetry, but I’m not sure I’ve seen either word used outside of that context. I like it!

  3. February 10, 2016 9:19 am

    Had heard it. Didn’t know it. Like it.

  4. February 10, 2016 9:20 am

    I knew this because we’ve been reviewing literary terms lately. My daughter had to clear things up for me… Thanks for the reinforcement. 😉

  5. February 10, 2016 11:12 am

    Assonance is new to me too.

  6. February 10, 2016 11:20 am

    Assonance…..that is a great word! I’m not sure when I will ever use it, but I like the way it sounds!

  7. February 10, 2016 11:22 am

    I remember that word and its meaning from many years ago.

  8. February 10, 2016 12:01 pm

    I never knew that had a name. Interesting!

  9. February 10, 2016 2:11 pm

    I’ve seen assonance used, of course, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the word itself used outside of an English textbook. I always claim to not be a poet, but I find myself using assonance, consonance, and all kinds of devices when I write, anyway. They’re so musical and addictive!

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  11. February 10, 2016 7:43 pm

    Great choice of word for WWW, Kathy!

    I look forward to reading Like Family.

  12. February 11, 2016 3:17 am

    New word for me. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it used before.

  13. February 11, 2016 9:43 am

    A new word for me too. It’s great. I’ll be watching fo examples in my reading.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    February 12, 2016 5:07 pm

    Good one!

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