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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 10, 2018

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 haven’t been doing a lot of reading so I haven’t encountered any new words, so it’s back to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. diapause – “Diapause in the southwestern corn borer occurs in the late larval stage of development.”

Diapause is a period of physiologically enforced dormancy between periods of activity.


2. jacquerie – “The thicker the masonry, the more likely the fortress would withstand the anticipated Jacquerie.” — Michael Know Beran, NATIONAL REVIEW, September 7, 2009

Jacquerie is often capitalized and means a peasants’ revolt.  It gets its name from the 14th Century French nobles’ habit of calling peasants “Jacques.”


3. dernier cri – “When it comes to shopping for a new wardrobe, Jacqueline ignores the dernier cri and instead picks clothes that suit her own tastes.”

There’s a reason, I didn’t know this phrase – I’m like Jacqueline.  Dernier Cri means the newest fashion.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2018 7:05 am

    Actually I think dernier cri is used more often to refer to latest fashion in the sense of what we now call a meme. But certainly if it would apply to fashion, it wouldn’t apply to me as well! In fact, yesterday, to Jim’s horror, I went to the Apple Store in my long underwear….

  2. January 10, 2018 7:40 am

    Hi — I was wondering where your words came from. A book I read — Sloan’s “Sourdough” — was fascinated by neat words and called them out in a great way. You might enjoy it if you haven’t read it yet. My Wordy Wednesday here:

    best… mae at

  3. January 10, 2018 8:07 am

    Interesting words. I’m also like Jacqueline 🙂

  4. January 10, 2018 8:31 am

    No on all three!

  5. January 10, 2018 9:44 am

    Nope, nope, and nope. I should have gotten #3 because I took 4 quarters of French in college! It obviously didn’t stick.

  6. January 10, 2018 10:08 am

    Clueless on all three!

  7. January 10, 2018 12:12 pm

    You found theee tough ones this week, although I have heard jacquerie before. I just couldn’t define it where I saw it.

  8. January 10, 2018 1:36 pm

    Words I’ve never heard before.

  9. Patty permalink
    January 10, 2018 3:37 pm

    These are the best words ever!

  10. January 10, 2018 6:37 pm

    Dernier cri is my favorite of the three! All wonderful words!

  11. January 11, 2018 2:31 pm

    Never heard of these words before! Always fun!

  12. January 19, 2018 6:45 am

    Those are some strange ones! I don’t think I’ve ever known one on your calendar!

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