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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 6, 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!

With the holidays approaching, most of my reading has been via audio so I had to turn back to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. distrait – “Frances has noticed that her students tend to become more distrait late in the spring semester when the weather is warm and thoughts turn to vacation.”

Distrait is an adjective that means apprehensively divided or withdrawn in attention: distracted.  I’m certainly distrait these days with all that’s going on.

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2. metonymy – “American journalists employ metonymy whenever they say ‘on Capital Hill’ instead of ‘in the U.S. Congress.'”

Metonymy is a noun that means a figure of speech consisting of the use of the name of one thing for that of another of which it is an attribute or with which it is associated.

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3. philippic – “The author’s sharp wit and self-deprecating humor turned what would otherwise have been an unreadable philippic into an entertaining, if provocative, essay.”

Philippic is a noun that means a discourse or declamation full of bitter condemnation: tirade.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2017 9:45 am

    I refuse to acknowledge that I got NONE right!

  2. December 6, 2017 9:50 am

    They are all interesting.

    I know NONE of them.

    My favorite is philippic.

    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my post.

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 6, 2017 10:54 am

    I join the others – I knew not one of these words!

  4. December 6, 2017 2:00 pm

    I could see how distrait fits with distraction.

  5. December 6, 2017 3:20 pm

    philippic – I like that one!

  6. Patty permalink
    December 6, 2017 3:32 pm

    I just like the way phillipic looks!

  7. December 6, 2017 4:37 pm

    Didn’t know any of them. I wonder if writers search an ordinary word to see what little known word they can use in place of it.

  8. December 6, 2017 5:48 pm

    Philippic stans out for me. I’m curious about the history, thinking that maybe this has something to do with the New Testament book, Philippians. My dictionary says it only goes back to the 16th century and some Greek people. Interesting.

  9. December 7, 2017 7:28 am

    All new to me.

  10. December 7, 2017 6:24 pm

    Wonderful, new-to-be words this week!

  11. December 8, 2017 4:03 pm

    Those words are terrific… and I sure would sound smart if I could incorporate them into my vocabulary!

  12. December 10, 2017 7:51 am

    This makes me think of the following passage from “Here Lies Miss Groby” by James Thurber, published 1942:

    “Miss Groby taught the writer English composition 30 years ago. What she loved most of all were Figures of Speech. A small girl asked him the other day if he could give her an example of metonymy. There are several kinds of metonymies, but the one that comes to mind most easily is Container for the Thing Contained. The vision of Miss Groby was before him when the little girl mentioned the old, familiar word. He remembers staying awake nights saying over and over “The thinger for the thing contained” or thinking of an example of the Thing Contained for the Container. If a woman were to grab a bottle of Grade A and say to her husband, “Get away from me, or I’ll hit you with the milk”, that would be a Thing Contained for the Container.”

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