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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 2, 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!

I found two words in a middle grade book, SNAKES! by James Buckley.  Both words were explained in the text but I decide to highlight them since they were new to me.

1. vestigial – “One is vestigial (vess-TIJ-ee-ahl) — it has lost its purpose over millions of years as snakes have evolved.”

In this case, vestigial means degenerate, rudimentary, or atrophied, having become functionless in the course of evolution.


2. ophidiophobia – “So put aside your ophidiophobia (oh-FID-ee-uh-FOH-bee-ah), or the fear of snakes, to meet these amazing animals.”

Ophidiophobia is defined as abnormal fear of snakes.  As someone who suffers from this, I don’t think it’s abnormal at all.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2017 10:29 am

    I could be described as having ophidiophobia or at least an aversion to snakes!

  2. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 2, 2017 10:41 am

    I definitely have major ophidiophobia!

  3. Patty permalink
    August 2, 2017 11:07 am

    I love the sound of the snake word!

  4. August 2, 2017 11:56 am

    Two good finds this week Kathy.

  5. August 2, 2017 3:36 pm

    I know a lot of people who have ophidiophobia.

  6. August 2, 2017 4:14 pm

    Excellent words! SNAKES! sounds like a good book.

  7. August 3, 2017 1:55 pm

    My husband has ophidiophobia, too.

  8. bookingmama permalink
    August 9, 2017 5:31 pm

    I definitely have a fear of snakes but never knew the term!

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