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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 1, 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!

These words came from CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN by Sayaka Murata.

1. skive – “If I went along with the manager when he was annoyed or joined in the general irritation at someone skiving off the night shift, there was a strange sense of solidarity as everyone seemed pleased that I was angry too.”

Skive is a verb that means to avoid work or a duty by staying away or leaving early; shirk.


2. freeter – “When I was in my early twenties it wasn’t unusual to be a freeter, so I didn’t really make excuses.”

According to Wikipedia, “freeter is a Japanese expression for people who lack full-time employment or are unemployed, excluding housewives and students. The term originally included young people who deliberately chose not to become salary-men, even though jobs were available at the time.”


3. expurgate – “Unless I’m cured, normal people will expurgate me.”

Expurgate is a verb that means to cleanse of something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2018 5:24 am

    Freeter’s a new one! 🙂

  2. August 1, 2018 9:51 am

    Nope x 3. Thought/hoped I knew “expurgate.” But didn’t.

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 1, 2018 10:06 am

    I knew expurgate but the others stumped me!

  4. August 1, 2018 11:28 am

    Freeter is interesting.

  5. August 1, 2018 12:03 pm

    2 out of 3 for me this time. The only one I didn’t know was ‘freeter’.

    To skive, skiving or skiver, is a well known and much used word, here in the UK – although perhaps that is not something we should be proud of!

    Thanks for sharing, I hope that you enjoyed the book, it does sound rather good 🙂


  6. August 1, 2018 2:41 pm

    I had at least read one once

  7. Patty permalink
    August 1, 2018 6:28 pm

    I haven’t heard of any of those!

  8. August 2, 2018 9:41 am

    I’m surprised at that usage of expurgate. Webster’s definition (the one I thought I knew) is:

    “to cleanse of something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous; especially : to expunge objectionable parts from before publication or presentation an expurgated edition of the letters”

    I’ve never seen it used to mean omission of a person as in your quote, only to apply to a form of censorship before publication.

    best… mae at

  9. August 2, 2018 1:10 pm

    Really good words this week! I should have known expurgate–I’ve seen it before. I hope you’re enjoying or have enjoyed reading CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN.

  10. bookingmama permalink
    August 13, 2018 8:06 am

    I only knew expurgate! Skive seems like one I should have known…

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