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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 16, 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!

My first word came from HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson.

1. conflation – “And because Claire and Linda were on his mind, he suddenly found himself plagued with terrible dreams, conflations of the two murders he’d committed, mixed in with images of chasing Rachael along the beach, a buck knife in his hand.”

This is one of those words I feel like I should have known but couldn’t quite put my finger on its meaning.  Conflation is a noun that means the merging of two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc. into one.


My next word came from an article on NPR, Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. ‘Your First Time Is Always Special’

2. umbraphile – “These eclipsed chasers are also known as umbraphiles, or shadow lovers.”

I found this article fascinating since we live in the path of totality for the upcoming eclipse and are expecting an influx of visitors to the area to witness it.  Umbraphile literally means shadow lover but has come to mean one who loves eclipses, often traveling to see them.



What words do you want to celebrate today?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2017 3:27 am

    Those are sure new

  2. August 16, 2017 9:22 am

    Umbraphile is one I’ll try to use this week 🙂

  3. August 16, 2017 11:36 am

    Umbraphile is new to me!

  4. August 16, 2017 11:57 am

    I got shadow for umbra, but not eclipse. And I knew conflation had something to do with expansion, but not its exact meaning. Close, but no cigar.

  5. August 16, 2017 12:36 pm

    Both new for me.

  6. August 16, 2017 3:34 pm

    Both are new to me as well…but I really like “umbraphile”…there’s something a little spooky about being a lover of shadows! 😉

  7. August 16, 2017 5:36 pm

    Umbraphiles is a great, timely word!

  8. Patty permalink
    August 16, 2017 6:01 pm

    I love those words!

  9. August 16, 2017 6:23 pm

    Pretty exciting that you’re in the path! I hope the weather holds up!

  10. August 16, 2017 8:20 pm

    I’m excited that you will get to see the full eclipse. I hope you’ll tell us about it. I like your new words.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    August 21, 2017 6:43 am

    Umbrafile is terrific!!! Have fun today with the eclipse excitement!

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