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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 21, 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!

Only one word for me this week, but it’s a good one.  It came from an uncorrected proof of Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple.

1. fakakta – “As for why I couldn’t just admit that I had to learn from the god-damned newspaper that my sister has a daughter, so in a fakakta attempt to get back at her, I stole the keys of a woman with a daughter of the same name?”

According to Urban Dictionary, fakakta is derived from Yiddish and means that something is not working well.



What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2016 7:41 am

    Well, I learned a new word today! Hope you are enjoying this book.

  2. September 21, 2016 8:03 am

    That’s a new one!

  3. September 21, 2016 9:14 am

    Thank you for Yiddish, which I grew up with! I don’t always (ever) have a 100% day.

  4. September 21, 2016 9:49 am

    I can’t wait to read that book!

  5. September 21, 2016 11:37 am

    I knew it 🙂

  6. September 21, 2016 1:00 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    That’s a new word for me and one I would definitely have looked up myself, although I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the urban dictionary. Some of the words and definitions can be quite crude and offensive and are not what I would choose to use in my everyday vocabulary.

    Whilst this probably isn’t a book I would choose to read for myself, there was one sentence in the Goodreads premise which I found very true …

    “sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.”

    Thanks for sharing and hosting WWW, it is always great fun 🙂


  7. September 21, 2016 2:35 pm

    Well, that’s a good one. I’m not sure it’s going to become a part of my vocabulary, but it’s still fun.

  8. September 21, 2016 3:37 pm

    I was clueless!

  9. September 21, 2016 3:41 pm

    A new word for me also.

  10. September 21, 2016 4:13 pm

    That’s a good one! Looking forward to reading that book too.

  11. September 21, 2016 5:38 pm

    That is a wonderful, new-to-me word! I hope you’re enjoying the new Maria Semple book, Kathy.

  12. September 22, 2016 9:51 am

    That’s a Yiddish that I’m sure I’ve never heard before. It could apply to lots of things in life. lol

  13. September 26, 2016 6:58 pm

    Despite having lived in NYC for 4 years, I’ve never heard this one before.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    September 27, 2016 11:28 am

    New to me!

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