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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 19, 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 more words in WHEN IN FRENCH by Lauren Collins.

1. exogamy – “They maintain separate roles within the culture, however, by practicing linguistic exogamy — the requirement that a man marry a woman from a different language group.”

Exogamy is the custom of marrying outside a community, clan, or tribe.


2. menhir – “Its earliest inhabitants left dolmens and menhirs, somber-faced statues that seem to warn one off the island like scarecrows.”

A menhir is a tall upright stone of a kind erected in prehistoric times in western Europe.



3. melisma – “‘Hè muscu di a vita,’ he sang, drawing the syllables out several notes, adding almost Arabic-sounding melismas, as strong and delicate as the scrollwork on an iron gate.”

Melisma is the singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    October 19, 2016 7:16 am

    Wow! You definitely stumped me on all three.

  2. October 19, 2016 7:41 am

    All new to me, too!!

  3. October 19, 2016 8:13 am

    Melisma is one I knew (music major 🙂 ).

  4. October 19, 2016 8:34 am

    I started When in French but just couldn’t get into it. It seemed kind of annoying that she was doing all that complaining about not knowing French without endeavoring to study it.

  5. October 19, 2016 8:58 am

    “Exogamy” must get complicated after a couple of generations!

  6. October 19, 2016 9:17 am

    Nope x 3.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 19, 2016 11:05 am

    I hadn’t a clue for any of them!

  8. October 19, 2016 2:33 pm

    All new and interesting.

  9. October 19, 2016 3:21 pm

    Your new words make me think the book is rather interesting. Hope it was enjoyable too.

  10. October 19, 2016 4:51 pm

    Excellent, difficult words this week–the kind that are on the SAT!

  11. October 19, 2016 6:20 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I know of menhir stones, as we live very close to Avebury and Stonehenge, world renowned sites of monolithic or megalithic monuments.

    The other two were completely new to me, as was the book, which although probably isn’t one for me, sounds like a fun read.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  12. October 23, 2016 7:58 pm

    I’m 0/3 with these words! When in French sounds quite wordy 🙂

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