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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 31, 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!

Since I haven’t read much these last few weeks I haven’t discovered any new words, so I had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. rectrix – “In general, your only chance to see most or all of a bird’s retrices is when the bird is in flight.”

Rectrix is a noun that means any of the quill feathers of a bird’s tail that are important in controlling flight direction.


2. fugacious – “The rock band’s rise in popularity turned out to be fugacious, and within two years its members had moved on to other careers.”

Fugacious is an adjective that means lasting a short time: evanescent.


3. wushu – “The art of wushu, we learn, draws its strength from the eyes.  By staring at this student, a teacher passes it on.” — Richard Selzer, The New York Times Book Review, February 1, 1987

Wushu is a Chinese martial art most commonly called kung fu.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2017 4:31 am

    Never heard those

  2. May 31, 2017 6:45 am

    Rectrix is a riot, since it sounds like something else!

  3. May 31, 2017 9:27 am

    all new.

  4. May 31, 2017 9:28 am

    100%…wrong. And not only that, I have never even heard of these words! Any confidence that I had in my vocabulary has now been destroyed. Thanks Kathy!

  5. May 31, 2017 10:22 am

    All are new to me, and I’ll never remember them if I see them again … LOL!

  6. May 31, 2017 12:16 pm

    All three are new to me. I like the sound of wushu. I imagine the moves are done with very wooshing movements.

  7. Drangonfly permalink
    May 31, 2017 12:45 pm

    I love this feature! I collect “beautiful words” on my “creative writing” landing page 🙂

  8. May 31, 2017 1:51 pm

    Wushu was interesting to me.

  9. Patty permalink
    May 31, 2017 3:51 pm

    I got BIg Chemo and my picc line removed!

  10. May 31, 2017 4:18 pm

    I didn’t know nay of these. I will look for more info about wushu.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    June 6, 2017 8:45 am

    All new to me. I was thinking that I’ve maybe heard of wushu bc Booking Son practices martial arts, but nope!

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