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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 7, 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 haven’t been reading much these last few weeks so had to turn back to my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. diplopia – “Most cases of diplopia go away on their own, but in some instances it can be a sign of an aneurysm or other disorder of the brain.”

Diplopia is a disorder of vision in which two images of a single object are seen because of unequal action of the eye muscles — also called double vision, which is what I think I’ll stick with.

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2. meliorism – “Jane’s resolute meliorism fueled her insistence that worldwide eradication of hunger was indeed attainable within her lifetime.”

Meliorism is a noun that means the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment.  I think we need more meliorism in the world!

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3. contestation – “The location of the new high school has been a recurrent item of contestation at town meetings.”

Contestation means controversy, debate.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    December 7, 2016 8:04 am

    I’m so excited! I knew 2 this week. That almost never happens!

  2. December 7, 2016 9:31 am

    Meliorism is looking less and less realistic these days!

  3. December 7, 2016 9:39 am

    No clue on 1 or 2, but basically got 3. I will happily take a 33.3%!

  4. December 7, 2016 12:49 pm

    I knew diplopia from my health care training; contestation seems like a complicated way to say controversy – I’m sticking with that! Good words today.

  5. December 7, 2016 2:32 pm

    I figured out the third word,others were new to me.

  6. December 7, 2016 2:40 pm

    Thank you for meliorism. I’m going to make it my word of the week (month, year?).

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 7, 2016 5:28 pm

    The first two words stumped me, but I knew contestation!

  8. December 8, 2016 1:10 am

    All new to me

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