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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 8, 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!

My first word came from a Wikipedia article about Harriet Tubman.

1. manumit – “By 1840, Tubman’s father, Ben, was manumitted from slavery at the age of 45, as stipulated in a former owner’s will, though his actual age was closer to 55.”

Manumit means to release from slavery; set free.


My second word came from The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene.

2. ex nihilo – “Despite later confusion, they did not invent them ex nihilo.”

Ex nihilo is a Latin phrase that means out of nothing.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2016 8:04 am

    Both new to me! I guess ex nihilo makes sense… maybe I’ll remember that one! 😉

  2. Judy@Busy Hand are Happy Hands. permalink
    June 8, 2016 8:50 am

    I remember seeing manumitted in another book. But I could not remember it’s definition. This is a week for review for me. Ex nihilo is new to me. I wonder if I will have a chance to use it soon, so I can remember it.

  3. Patty permalink
    June 8, 2016 9:55 am


  4. June 8, 2016 10:27 am

    50%! My highest score perhaps ever.

  5. June 8, 2016 10:58 am

    Ex nihilo is new to me!

  6. June 8, 2016 11:10 am

    I learned two new words today!

  7. June 8, 2016 11:12 am

    Both of these words are new to me, Kathy! Excellent choices for WWW.

  8. June 8, 2016 11:24 am

    I occasionally find new words in Wiipedia too. Most often its definitions,

  9. June 8, 2016 2:01 pm

    Figured out ex nihilo from my Latin lessons.

  10. bookingmama permalink
    June 13, 2016 2:32 pm

    My 3 years of Latin came in handy!

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