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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 18, 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!

It’s been a while since I’ve had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar but that’s what I had to do this week..

1. realia – “Among the realia used for the class lesson on World War II were a helmet and canteen that had belonged to one student’s great-grandfather.”

Realia is a noun that means objects or activities used to relate classroom teaching to the real life, especially of peoples studied.  It’s a plural formation without a corresponding singular form.


2. amative – “Few poems . . . are longer than a sonnet — a form he loved, incidentally, because it has so often been used to express amative and erotic love.” — Ray Olson, Booklist, October 15, 2006

Amative is an adjective that, in this case, means indicative of love.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2018 3:58 am

    I remember learning realia when I did a language teacher training! Amative is a new one, it’s lovely 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. July 18, 2018 7:30 am

    Good words!

    My word today is omphalos — part of a long post for Paris in July here:

    best… mae at

  3. July 18, 2018 8:02 am

    Both new to me but I guessed correctly on realia.

  4. July 18, 2018 9:00 am

    You always find the best words.

    I added a post today, and thanks for coming by my blog to comment on it.

  5. Patty permalink
    July 18, 2018 9:51 am

    Every time I want to celebrate a word…I can’t find it again!

  6. July 18, 2018 9:52 am

    No clue on either. But liked “realia.”

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 18, 2018 10:24 am

    Once again I was clueless!

  8. July 18, 2018 1:26 pm

    Nope and nope.

  9. July 18, 2018 2:36 pm

    Both new to me, could not even have guessed

  10. July 18, 2018 3:15 pm

    I’ve never heard the word realia before, but I’ll bet my sister the teacher has 😉

  11. July 19, 2018 12:51 am

    Both excellent words! This year, I don”t have a Word-a-Day calendar.

  12. July 19, 2018 8:25 am

    Both knew to me, but “realia” seems like it would be useful.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    July 23, 2018 7:55 pm

    I don’t even think I’ve ever heard or seen those words before.

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