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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 5, 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!

WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT by Frances Mayes was a great source of words for me.

1. fatidic – “Margaret wrote unsparingly, brutally of the push-pull of the foredoomed love affair and also the fatidic lives.”

Fatidic is related to fate and means of or relating to prophecy.


2. tortugan – “Now they looked slightly tortugan.”

I couldn’t find a definition for tortugan and I’m really not sure what the author meant in this case.  Tortuga is an island that’s part of Haiti but I’d think the word would have been capitalized if she meant someone from Tortuga.  Since it means Turtle Island, I’m guessing she meant “turtlish.”


3. blear – “The view from the real windows is blear now, but the witty replica may inspire someone who finally buys this place to re-create the original garden.”

Blear means to make (the eyes) sore or watery.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2018 6:31 am

    I think tortuga is tortoise in Spanish, so must be something like what you figured out! Blear is interesting, like it involved into bleary.

  2. September 5, 2018 6:37 am

    Tortuga is indeed the Spanish word for a turtle or tortoise, which I would imagine is the source of the name for the Haitian island! And then there’s Teenage Ninja Tortugas, or something like that….

  3. September 5, 2018 9:20 am

    I’ve used ‘bleary’ but that’s the only one of the three.

  4. September 5, 2018 9:22 am

    I did know “blear.” No clue on the other 2.

  5. September 5, 2018 10:46 am

    I admire authors like this one who takes the time to improve their writing with an expanded vocabulary. Blear is a good example. I thought maybe she left off the y, but no, she used a new word. Worth reading the book, for more than one reason?

  6. September 5, 2018 2:22 pm

    Well I guess one can make up words too then

  7. September 5, 2018 3:51 pm

    I feel like I should know the first two words.

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 5, 2018 7:30 pm

    I knew blear, the others are new to me.

  9. September 6, 2018 7:46 pm

    Interesting finds in WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT! I thought of bleary as well (bleary-eyed). Fatidic is a good word to remember (and perhaps use).

  10. bookingmama permalink
    September 22, 2018 10:47 am

    I would have guessed the same thing about tortugan.

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