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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 9, 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 found several new to me words in NICKEL AND DIMED by Barbara Ehrenreich.

1. glossolalia – “There are a few genuine adepts present who throw themselves rapturously into the music, eyes shut, arms upraised, waiting, no doubt, for the onset of glossolalia.”

Glossolalia is the phenomenon of speaking in an unknown language, especially in religious worship.


2. allopathic – “The next test, for Menards, takes me to the southwestern suburbs, to a regular allopathic hosptial, complete with patients being whisked around corridors on gurneys.”

I could kind of figure this out from the sentence but the term was new to me so I decided to look it up.  Allopathic means  relating to or being a system of medicine that aims to combat disease by using remedies (such as drugs or surgery) which produce effects that are different from or incompatible with those of the disease being treated.


3. aphasic – “The shelves of plumbing equipment, and there seem to be acres of them, contain not a single item I can name, which gives me an idea of what it feels like to be aphasic.”

Aphasia is loss or impairment of the power to use or comprehend words, usually resulting from brain damage.


4. angstrom – “On the drive home along the interstate, a guy doing over eighty passes me on the right at a few angstroms’ distance, making the point that any highway has far more exits than you can see, infinitely many — final exits, that is .”

An angstrom is a unit of length equal to one hundred-millionth of a centimeter.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2018 3:49 am

    I have heard the 3 one a lot, but yeah, did not stick

  2. May 9, 2018 8:19 am

    All new.

  3. May 9, 2018 9:51 am

    2 were familiar, but I couldn’t identify them. 4 is a lot for WWW.

  4. May 9, 2018 10:17 am

    Barbara Ehrenreich’s book fascinated me when I read it some time ago — your word selection reminds me that I’ve been thinking I should reread it. Still has a lot to say to us now.

    best… mae at

  5. May 9, 2018 10:42 am

    I knew the word aphasic, but the others are new to me.

  6. May 9, 2018 10:43 am

    I knew aphasic, but the others are new to me.

  7. May 9, 2018 12:04 pm

    One of the advantages of reading a book written by a really smart person is all the new words you learn. I loved that book. My eldest daughter and I read it together and it gave us a lot to talk about and it adjusted our thinking.

  8. May 9, 2018 1:47 pm

    I don’t remember ever hearing the word glossolalia in church before, everyone says “speaking in tongues”. Didn’t know the others either.

  9. Patty permalink
    May 9, 2018 4:27 pm

    That is a plethora of words that I don’t know!

  10. May 9, 2018 5:51 pm

    NICKEL AND DIMED is a good source of new words. I hope to remember and use angstrom.

  11. May 10, 2018 1:51 pm

    Those are all new to me.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2018 6:49 am

    All new to me!

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