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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 20, 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 word in Animal Planet Farm Animals by Laaren Brown.

1. ruminant – “Goats, like cows, are ruminants.”

An animal that has more than one stomach and that swallows food and then brings it back up again to continue chewing it.

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My next word came from The United States of Beer by Dane Huckelbridge.

2. coelacanth – “A few ale brewers would survive the wartime and postwar industry cull — Newark’s famous Ballantine Ale, established way back in 1840, is one such malty coelacanth.”

A coelacanth is a rare order of fish that’s considered a “living fossil” because it has no close relatives still living, so Huckelbridge was using the word as a figure of speech.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2016 9:47 am

    I absolutely knew what a “ruminant” was…until I tried to define it. What I came up with was just about as far from the real definition as one could get. As for the other, didn’t know it. But it looked familiar!

  2. July 20, 2016 10:18 am

    I’ve never seen the word coelacanth before!

  3. July 20, 2016 11:50 am

    Wow, I’ve never heard either of these words. You learn something (or two things) new every day!

  4. July 20, 2016 12:44 pm

    When I saw ruminant I thought it would be the same as ruminate. Turns out I wasn’t too far off since ruminate means to “chew the cud” (or think deeply). I’m sure that all developed from the agricultural age.

  5. Patty permalink
    July 20, 2016 3:05 pm

    Interesting!

  6. July 20, 2016 3:30 pm

    Never heard of these.

  7. July 20, 2016 3:36 pm

    Ruminant is familiar since I lived on a farm as a child. But coelacanth is totally new. I like the way he’s used it.

  8. July 21, 2016 3:52 am

    I never knew

  9. July 21, 2016 4:49 am

    I am pretty sure I am a ruminant, what with always wanting to feed more than one stomach…

  10. bookingmama permalink
    July 22, 2016 6:13 pm

    OK — absolutely no idea about the meaning of coelacanth! Interesting!

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