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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 13, 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 an uncorrected proof of TO BE WHERE YOU ARE by Jan Karon.

1. lych-gates – “Following the reception, congregants passed through the lych-gates into the luminous October afternoon and the splendor of Acer fubrum come fully into its highest calling.”

A lych-gate is a roofed gateway to a churchyard.

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2. derp – “No, the derp vet who had no vested interest in any of this — he would run after the blasted cow.”

Derp means foolishness or stupidity.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2017 6:33 am

    I would have to say that my weakest areas of vocabulary are in architecture and warfare. Why are there are always so many words in those areas I’ve never heard of?

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-200-happiest-words-in-literature.html

  2. September 13, 2017 8:50 am

    Thanks for the pic – explains a lot!

  3. Patty permalink
    September 13, 2017 9:16 am

    Hmmm…deep is interesting and could be used easily!

  4. September 13, 2017 9:57 am

    Nope and nope.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 13, 2017 10:07 am

    I knew lynch-gates, but never heard of derp.

  6. September 13, 2017 12:12 pm

    The loch-gate is lovely – both the word and the picture.

  7. September 13, 2017 12:48 pm

    It’s very funny that you mentioned derp today… my teens use it a lot, like “They were just derping around in the hall.” Looks like they are using the term correctly!

  8. September 13, 2017 2:21 pm

    Thanks for the picture.

  9. September 13, 2017 8:43 pm

    Great words. I came in contact with the word Derp about 4-5 years ago from my friend Taryn. LOVE IT. The other word is lovely. Cheers.

  10. September 14, 2017 12:09 am

    Derp is a good one! Unlike Julia T., I’ve never heard it before.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    September 15, 2017 9:02 am

    I’ve never heard of either of those words. Derp is hilarious though!

  12. anna@herding cats & burning soup permalink
    September 20, 2017 9:05 pm

    I’d not heard of the first. I’ve herd derp but definitely not used how they did in that sentence. Interesting.

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