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Wondrous Words Wednesday

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Distrait is an adjective that means apprehensively divided or withdrawn in attention: distracted.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.


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.


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.


What words do you want to celebrate today?