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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 30, 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’ve had a lot going on this week so haven’t done much reading and had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar to discover some new words.

1. derogate – “It is easy to derogate the town council for its faulty budget plan now, but nobody came forward with any alternative proposals when it was being debated.”

Derogate comes from the same Latin word as derogatory.  It’s a verb, though, and, in this case, means to cause to seem inferior: disparage.


2. malversation – “The city council impeached the mayor for administrative misconduct and malversation, charging that he has used his office primarily for personal gain.”

This is a timely word – malversation means misbehavior and especially corruption in an office, trust, or commission.


3. amphibology – “Still feeling some of the effects of her recent cold, Tara was bemused by the amphibology on the cafe’s menu: “Try our soup — you won’t get better.'”

Amphibology is a noun that means a sentence or phrase that can be interpreted in more than one way.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2017 4:33 am

    Why ever would “malversation” be timely? HA HA

  2. August 30, 2017 9:58 am

    I kinda knew derogate but was stumped by the others!

  3. August 30, 2017 10:17 am

    Mostly yes on #1. Not so much for #2 and #3.

  4. August 30, 2017 12:46 pm

    Three good ones, Kathy, but I do like malversation best since I can use it now.

  5. August 30, 2017 1:30 pm

    I knew the second word but not the others.

  6. August 30, 2017 1:52 pm

    3 new to me words!

  7. bookingmama permalink
    August 31, 2017 4:50 pm

    I guess amphibology makes sense! I only knew the first one!

  8. August 31, 2017 4:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing these words. I knew derogate, but not the other two.

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