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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 31, 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 guess I haven’t been reading anything too challenging because, once again, I had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. mansuetude – “The mansuetude of Tina’s voice made it hard for her teachers to hear her over the drone of her louder classmates.”

Mansuetude is a noun that means the quality or state of being gentle: meekness or tameness.


2. verjuice – “Seared foie gras balances atop a miniature tart filled with braised green grapes in a verjuice reduction . . . .” — S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2005

Verjuice is the sour juice of crab apples or of unripe fruit; also: an acid liquor made from verjuice.


3. precocial – “The mallard is a type of precocial bird that can often fly independently just 24 hours after hatching.”

Precocial is an adjective that means capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2016 7:41 am

    All three are new to me, again. I didn’t know that about Mallard’s. Very interesting!

  2. August 31, 2016 8:05 am

    If only I could retain these words to use in conversation, ha.

  3. August 31, 2016 9:35 am

    Not only 0-3, but have never even seen any of these before. My vocabulary ain’t what I thought it was!

  4. bookingmama permalink
    August 31, 2016 11:02 am

    I wasn’t familiar with any of them but was able to guess about precocial because of precocious.

  5. August 31, 2016 11:20 am

    Lloyd’s comment cracked me up! 😀
    I should have known mansuetude as I’ve seen it before. Excellent words this week, Kathy! I love the Word-a-Day calendars.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 31, 2016 11:33 am

    I knew verjuice, but the others were total mysteries. Great words, Kathy!

  7. August 31, 2016 12:49 pm

    I’m with bookingmama – I wonder if precocial comes from the same root as precocious. Help with pronouncing the first?

  8. August 31, 2016 4:32 pm

    All new there

  9. readerbuzz permalink
    August 31, 2016 8:18 pm

    I love your Wondrous Words Wednesday. I don’t care where you find your words. 🙂

  10. September 1, 2016 11:37 am

    The Word-a-Day calender gave me my blog name, in a round-about way. Great words!

  11. September 5, 2016 4:22 pm

    All new to me! I like the sound of “precocial” most. However, mansuetude seems most useful to me.

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