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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 11, 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 a couple words in THE CHILD FINDER by Rene Denfeld.

1. knap – “Mrs. Cottle used to joke they were like twins, both knapping fires of life.”

Knap means to shape (a piece of stone, typically flint) by striking it so as to make stone tools or weapons or to give a flat-faced stone for building walls so the author was using it figuratively.


2. crummy – “Stepping outside, nursing the headache, Naomi almost stumbled directly into the orange crummy the Murphy family drove.”

From the context, I knew the author was referring to some kind of vehicle but had never heard of one called a crummy before.  It is explained a little later in the book but I had already looked it up and learned that a crummy is an old or converted truck used to transport loggers to and from work.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2017 5:30 am

    Crummy, lol

  2. October 11, 2017 6:20 am

    Didn’t know either.

  3. October 11, 2017 7:18 am

    A lot of prehistories write about flint-knapping, the making of tools from flint. Some anthropologists even have figured out how to do it, to understand the early technology. I’ve not seen the word outside this context.

    Interesting idea for Wednesday.

    best… mae at

  4. October 11, 2017 8:32 am

    Both are new!

  5. October 11, 2017 9:35 am

    0-2…and not even close!

  6. October 11, 2017 11:51 am

    I thought I knew both words, but it turns out I didn’t at all. I found knap very interesting. I like how some words have a very long history associated with them.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 11, 2017 12:51 pm

    Whenever I see the word “crummy” it’s associated with dirty or cheaply crafted, so in the context you shared, it’s a new word for me!

  8. October 11, 2017 2:52 pm

    New ones for me also.

  9. Patty permalink
    October 11, 2017 4:44 pm

    My mom always used to say she felt crummy!

  10. October 11, 2017 7:38 pm

    Crummy is new to me this week. Thank you for a fun word meme! 🙂

  11. bookingmama permalink
    October 12, 2017 8:45 am

    Both new to me! I do want to read that book though!

  12. October 12, 2017 12:50 pm

    Both new to me. I kind of though crummy was going to be a rundown car.

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