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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 27, 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 a few new to me words in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

1. caul – “The only notable thing about the birth was that the infant was born with a caul which was supposed to indicate that the child was set apart to do great things in the world.”

You’d think I’d have known this one but I didn’t.  A caul is an amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus.


2. sachem – “The party sachems met here in secret pow-wow in a private dining room and, over succulent oysters, they decided who’d be elected and who mowed down.”

A sachem is a boss or leader.


3. roached – “The picture was of a bland-faced man with roached hair and handlebar mustache.”

This word has a lot of meanings but, in this case, it means a roll of hair brushed up from the forehead or temple.  It seems to me they could have come up with a more appealing term for it.




What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2016 8:11 am

    I agree, there could have been a better term than ‘roach’ for the hair roll {cringe}. My word is food -related.

  2. April 27, 2016 8:30 am

    Thanks for the photo example! Wouldn’t have known that and I didn’t know caul or sachem.

  3. Patty permalink
    April 27, 2016 8:32 am

    Have you ever watched Southern Comfort? Patricia would be a sachem!

  4. April 27, 2016 9:31 am

    They were all familiar, but I was still 0-3. I was hoping “roached” had something to do with marijuana. After all, I did go to Cal Berkeley in the late 60s, early 70s!

  5. Judy B permalink
    April 27, 2016 9:58 am

    Great words today! I really must read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

  6. April 27, 2016 10:39 am

    “Roached” made me laugh out loud!

  7. April 27, 2016 11:10 am

    Totally agree with how unattractive the term roached sounds!

  8. April 27, 2016 11:18 am

    All new there

  9. April 27, 2016 12:32 pm

    I have no words….but Sean Connery looks good! Even with his roached hair. LOL

  10. April 27, 2016 1:03 pm

    All new to me – thank you for including a picture.

  11. April 27, 2016 1:53 pm

    I remember roached hair styles but I don’t remember the name/word associated with them. Hope you’re enjoying Tree.

  12. April 27, 2016 1:56 pm

    Roached is not the most pleasant word! I enjoyed my vocab lesson today. Happy Wednesday, Kathy!

  13. April 27, 2016 2:26 pm

    A good book that I read awhile back, good words.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    April 28, 2016 8:08 am

    Seriously, roached???? I had no idea.

  15. April 28, 2016 3:14 pm

    All new to me! And wow, I never would have guessed the pictured example was a “roached” hairstyle.

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