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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 21, 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!

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman was the source of a lot of new words for me.

1. zetabetical– “I’d cleaned the bathroom and washed the kitchen floor, taken out the recycling and arranged all the tins in the cupboard so that the labels were facing forwards in zetabetical order.”

I could figure out the meaning of this word but decided to look it up and couldn’t find a formal definition so I’m not sure if it’s a real word or something the author made up.  Either way, I love it.  It means the opposite of alphabetical order.


2. descant – “There was birdsong, a descant over the sounds of a television drifting through an open window.”

In music, descant means an independent treble melody usually sung or played above a basic melody.


3. hamartia – “The flaw in my plan, the hamartia, was this; there were no tickets available.”

Hamartia means a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2017 4:55 am

    LOL, maybe she did make it up then 🙂

  2. June 21, 2017 5:57 am

    Zetabetical is a great word!

  3. June 21, 2017 8:12 am

    I knew descant (music teacher in another life, ha). Zetabetical made me laugh – love that!

  4. June 21, 2017 9:01 am

    I should have known descant, but it just wouldn’t come to me. I love the word Zetabetical!

  5. June 21, 2017 9:22 am

    Nope, nope, and nope.

  6. bookingmama permalink
    June 21, 2017 12:32 pm

    I knew none of those!!!

  7. June 21, 2017 1:01 pm

    All new to me.

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 21, 2017 2:03 pm

    No to all three, but zetabetical made me chuckle.

  9. Patty permalink
    June 21, 2017 3:52 pm

    Zetabetical is an amazing word!

  10. June 22, 2017 5:01 pm

    I guessed zetabetical. Now I need to use it and remember it! Excellent words this week.

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