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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 14, 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 new word The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta.

1. exurbs – “New Horizons was a private rehabilitation center located on a posh ten-acre campus in the exurbs of Tower County.”

I had an idea of the meaning of exurbs but decided to look it up.  I was close but didn’t have it exactly right.  An exurb is a district outside a city, especially a prosperous area beyond the suburbs.


I also found a word in Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple.

2. monstrance – “On certain Catholic holy days, the Eucharist was displayed in a golden sunburst monstrance where worshipful eyes gazed at it around the clock.”


A monstrance is a vessel used by the Catholic church to display some object of piety.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    September 14, 2016 6:42 am

    I probably should have known monstrance….

  2. September 14, 2016 9:05 am

    Exurb (or exurbania) implies, to me, having left the urban life to move outside the city. Thus, I used it as the basis for my blog name.

    The “posh and prosperous” bit doesn’t apply so much 😉

  3. September 14, 2016 9:14 am

    I’m like you. I had an idea about exurb but wasn’t quite there. I didn’t know monstrance.

  4. September 14, 2016 9:39 am

    I think a word is also needed for a suburb (non-prosperous) 2 hours from the city the city but still – bizarrely – considered a “suburb” – all of which describes where we live!

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 14, 2016 10:15 am

    I didn’t know either one!

  6. September 14, 2016 11:05 am

    The monstrance is beautiful to look at and completely new to me.

  7. September 14, 2016 11:47 am

    Glad you took the time to look up exurb. When I have a general idea, I tend not to look it up… this time I was in the ballpark, but not quite correct. I’m familiar with the monstrance, but had no idea of its proper name!

  8. September 14, 2016 2:25 pm

    I did knbow monstrance.

  9. September 14, 2016 4:25 pm

    I did not know those

  10. September 14, 2016 4:48 pm

    Excellent words, Kathy! I’d like to read the Maria Semple book.

  11. September 15, 2016 4:04 am

    Didn’t know either word. The “monstrance” is pretty. “Exurbs” is interesting. Have never seen “exhurb” in my reading.

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