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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 18, 2017

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!

Today’s words are from LONER by Teddy Wayne.

1. caesure – “Then, with robotic caesurae and emotionless inflection: ‘I — am — worse.'”

Caesurae means any break, pause, or interruption.


2. reify – “‘Its very blankness, the colossal void it imposes on the text, reifies a central tension of post-Manifest Destiny American literature,’ he proclaimed with closed eyes and an upturned head, as though channeling his wisdom from above.”

Reify means to make something abstract more concrete or real.


3. frottage – “This was no sophomoric party in a freshman dorm, with its frenzied frottage of ephebes like so many molecules in a chemical reaction, its deafening Top 40 songs, its disembodied arms holding out red Solo cups by the keg like baby sparrows squalling for worms.”

In this case, frottage means the practice of touching or rubbing against the clothed body of another person in a crowd as a means of obtaining sexual gratification.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2017 8:08 am

    Not familiar with any of these!

  2. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 18, 2017 8:44 am

    0/3 for me today!

  3. January 18, 2017 9:31 am

    At least I am simpatico with Beth today! Another goose egg.

  4. January 18, 2017 12:52 pm

    I knew caesure, but not the other two.

  5. January 18, 2017 1:14 pm

    I swear I spend whole days reify-ing myself to the world and vice versa.

  6. January 18, 2017 2:05 pm

    All new for me.

  7. January 18, 2017 3:06 pm

    Nice new words.

    I have never heard of any of them.

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy.

  8. January 18, 2017 4:13 pm

    All new to me this week! Thanks for enriching my vocabulary!

  9. January 19, 2017 11:46 am

    Frottage makes me think of the French word frotter which means to rub against.

  10. bookingmama permalink
    January 23, 2017 6:54 am

    I was looking forward to reading LONER but now I’m worried. I didn’t know any of these words!

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