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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 13, 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!

My words this week are from WHERE THE PAST BEGINS by Amy Tan.

1. eidolon – “Eidolon — the companion at the desk, my spirit-image, like an old pair of pajamas I will change into when life is done, when I will see at last the original writing that I changed, scratching over it millions of words to dig for the original meaning.”

An eidolon is a phantom or apparition.

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2. pedant – “I did not know either of them, but thought the guy on the left was a pedant.”

I feel like I should have known this word but wasn’t sure what Tan was trying to say about the guy on the left so I decided to look it up.  Pedant means a person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning.

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3. dative – “They are merging with a more utilitarian grammar-lite language, in which datives and locatives are the here and now of when a message was sent and not when it was received.”

Dative is an adjective that means denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, and words in grammatical agreement with them, indicating an indirect object or recipient.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2017 7:57 am

    I have only read a book where Eidolon was the POV

  2. December 13, 2017 9:48 am

    Kinda knew pedant…but still missed it.

  3. December 13, 2017 9:49 am

    Oh, I know a few pedants. 🙂

  4. December 13, 2017 12:02 pm

    I like pedant. I’m surprised I haven’t come across it before.

  5. December 13, 2017 12:55 pm

    3 new words for me today.

  6. Patty permalink
    December 13, 2017 3:47 pm

    No wonder you are good at trivia!

  7. December 13, 2017 4:34 pm

    Had never heard “eidolon” before – thanks for teaching me a new word!

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 13, 2017 5:02 pm

    I recognized “eidolon” but the others left me baffled!

  9. December 13, 2017 7:37 pm

    Excellent words from Amy Tan’s book, Kathy! I was familiar with pedantic but not pedant.

  10. December 14, 2017 8:14 am

    All new but everyone knows a pedant, right?

  11. bookingmama permalink
    December 15, 2017 6:43 am

    All new to me. I’m like Suko. New pedantic but not pedant.

  12. December 18, 2017 8:46 am

    Love this meme!!!!! What a fantastic way to learn new words – which they were to me. 😀

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