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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 13, 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 several words in an uncorrected proof of Unearthed by Alexandra Risen.

1. moraine – “Does he really think a layer of fresh bark can compete with age-old glacial moraine?”

Moraine means a ridge, mound, or irregular mass of unstratified glacial drift, chieflyboulders, gravel, sand, and clay

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2. chornozem – “He is one of many authors whom I explore, each more controversial than the next, but the word bloodlands penetrates my consciousness, maybe because I’ve read so much about the rare and fertile chornozem soil.”

Chornozem is a very black topsoil, rich in humus, typical of cool to temperate semiarid regions such as the grasslands of Ukraine and southern Russia.

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3. geomancer – “He’s a geomancer.”

Geomancy is the art of placing or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously .

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2016 8:09 am

    When I first moved to Wisconsin, everything was all about “kettles” and “moraines.” I still wouldn’t know one if I saw one of course!

  2. bookingmama permalink
    July 13, 2016 8:16 am

    Wow — I had to laugh at those words. All new to me and I can’t really see a reason to every use them!

  3. July 13, 2016 8:59 am

    So thrilled to see these highlighted. Geomancer was new to me, too! Doesn’t come up too often…PS. LOVE reading about unusual words. Thank you for a great meme! a.

  4. July 13, 2016 9:42 am

    Same ballpark for moraine, but wrong. No clue for #2. Thought I knew #3, but that would be a resounding “NO.”

  5. July 13, 2016 12:22 pm

    I also knew moraine, but the other two are new. I like geomancer. I know someone like that.

  6. July 13, 2016 1:12 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I am so disappointed that I knew none of your words today, however looking on the bright side, I have learned some interesting new definitions and broadened my vocabulary, although I’m not too sure when I will get the opportunity to show off my new found words in everyday conversation 🙂

    This probably isn’t a book for me, but it sounds as though you enjoyed your journey of discovery. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

    Yvonne

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 13, 2016 1:18 pm

    I knew not a one!

  8. July 13, 2016 2:04 pm

    I have to get me some chornozem for my garden! 😉

  9. July 13, 2016 2:17 pm

    Learned new words today.

  10. July 13, 2016 3:08 pm

    I didn’t have a clue about any of them. That’s ok though because I love learning new words.

  11. July 13, 2016 4:05 pm

    All new to me

  12. July 13, 2016 5:38 pm

    I knew moraine had something to do with geology, but couldn’t have said exactly what.

  13. Patty permalink
    July 13, 2016 6:00 pm

    Every word is new to me except geomancer but that is from reading fantasy books…

  14. July 13, 2016 7:43 pm

    All new to me, Kathy! Very good choices–I will add them to my vocab list.

  15. nctyler permalink
    July 13, 2016 9:32 pm

    I encountered a new word today: “Kigo”. It’s a Japanese word, so I don’t know if it qualifies.A kigo is a word in a haiku that lets the reader know what season of the year in which the haiku is set.

    Chornozem is new to me.

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