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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 8, 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. banausic – “At the far end was a wooden board on which were hung saws, chisels, knives and other banausic instruments of the trade.” — Sebastian Faulk, HUMAN TRACES

Banausic is an adjective that means relating to or concerned with earning a living – used perjoratively; also: utilitarian, practical.


2. pleonasm – “The composition instructor is particularly critical of such pleonasms as ‘past history’ and ‘personal friend.'”

Pleonasm means the use of more words than those necessary to denote mere sense: redundancy.


3. contumacious – “She sat still, looking a little contumacious, and very much indisposed to stir.” — Charlotte Bronte, SHIRLEY

Contumacious is an adjective that means stubbornly disobedient: rebellious.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2017 6:17 am

    Three words I didn’t know.

  2. November 8, 2017 9:22 am

    I’m always glad to see your post when I have become convinced somehow it is Thursday already! :–)

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 8, 2017 9:32 am

    Clueless on all three. Great words, Kathy!

  4. November 8, 2017 10:15 am

    Nope, nope, and nope. May have seen contumacious before…maybe.

  5. November 8, 2017 11:42 am

    I love your word-a-day calendar. I think “pleonasms” is a nice way to say someone is a windbag.

  6. November 8, 2017 12:53 pm

    All new to me this week! Excellent words!

  7. November 8, 2017 2:05 pm

    All new for me also.

  8. November 8, 2017 2:33 pm

    New ones 🙂

  9. Patty permalink
    November 8, 2017 3:37 pm

    It’s amazing the way you keep on finding these words that I have never heard of!

  10. November 12, 2017 8:36 am

    Love your word posts. and I hope to retain pleonasm! The word I remember from this week’s reading is enervate. I still have trouble accenting it properly in the pronouncing. Or I could just say SLUGGISH which is easier and everyone knows.

  11. November 12, 2017 1:02 pm

    New words for me too!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    November 13, 2017 9:08 pm

    Those words are way beyond my skills!

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