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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 25, 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 new-to-me words in UNRAVELING OLIVER by Liz Nugent.

1. opprobrium – “I think that toward the end of the pregnancy, Laura was beginning to think of taking the baby home and risking the opprobrium of her family.”

Opprobrium is a noun that means harsh criticism or censure.


2. squib – “We knew what caused explosions, what made a damp squib, how to cover up the smell of sulfur.”

In this case, a squib is a small firework that burns with a hissing sound before exploding.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2017 10:08 am

    I drew a blank with both words!

  2. October 25, 2017 11:00 am

    Almost got opprobrium. Not so with squib.

  3. October 25, 2017 11:10 am

    Neither one.

  4. October 25, 2017 11:49 am

    All new

  5. October 25, 2017 2:28 pm

    Both excellent words! I sort of knew opprobrium, especially after reading it in the sentence.

  6. Patty permalink
    October 25, 2017 3:54 pm

    Very odd words…but isn’t squib a cough syrup brand?

  7. October 25, 2017 4:12 pm

    Opprobrium is one of those words I think I should know, but don’t. I’m glad you shared.

  8. October 25, 2017 6:06 pm

    I have heard of squib, but I have never come across opprobrium in my reading! I feel smarter after reading this post 🙂

  9. October 26, 2017 9:07 am

    I, too, have heard of squib but I wouldn’t have remembered it without context clues!

  10. October 26, 2017 9:24 pm

    When I listened to the book, I looked up opprobrium too.

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