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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 13, 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 more words in THAT KIND OF MOTHER by Rumaan Alam.

1. samizdat – “You heard stories, samizdat, maybe made up, about what McDougal referred to as ‘interruption.'”

Samizdat is a noun that means the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe.


2. riposte – “Rebecca felt like she must say something but the words would not come now but would visit her later, the right riposte.”

After I looked this up, I realized I should have known it.  Riposte is a noun that means a quick clever reply to an insult or criticism.


3. anapest – “That was her work, wasn’t it, the search for the tidy turn of phrase, the most apt anapest.”

Anapest is a noun as well and it means a metrical foot consisting of two short or unstressed syllables followed by one long or stressed syllable.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2018 6:04 am

    All 3 are new to me.

  2. June 13, 2018 7:32 am

    Good words! I remember a cartoon about Russia, in the days when many new books were all banned so they circulated in samizat. The woman/mother is writing a huge manuscript. The father is asking her what it is, and she says, “It’s War and Peace. The children won’t read anything unless it’s in handwriting.”

    best… mae at

  3. June 13, 2018 9:53 am

    Got #2. No clue for #1 & #3.

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 13, 2018 11:05 am

    Clueless on all three!

  5. June 13, 2018 2:05 pm

    I looked at all three of your new words and nothing came to mind. 3 good finds!

  6. June 13, 2018 2:29 pm

    As always, new to me

  7. Patty permalink
    June 13, 2018 4:20 pm

    Wondrous words! I knew none of them!

  8. June 13, 2018 9:10 pm

    Wow! Really great words this week!

  9. June 15, 2018 8:21 am

    I knew riposte. All great words.

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