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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 3, 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 was back to my Word-a-Day calendar for me this week.

1. clerihew – “When the news reached his old school, the boys celebrated with a clerihew:

‘Turing
Must have been alluring
To get made a don
So early on.'”

The New Yorker, February 6, 2006

A clerihew is a light verse quatrain rhyming aabb and usually dealing with a person named in the initial rhyme.

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2. jeremiad – “Mr. Wilson waggled a finger at us and launched into a doleful jeremiad about how would would come to no good end.”

Jeremiad is a noun that means a prolonged lamentation or complaint: a cautionary or angry harangue.

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3. comity – “The meeting was as good a display of bipartisan comity as can be expected in an era of political division.” — Centre Daily Times, March 2, 2010

What a relevant word – we need more comity these days.  It means friendly civility: courtesy.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2018 6:28 am

    I wish I were clever enough to make clerihews!

  2. October 3, 2018 7:19 am

    I agree about comity!

  3. October 3, 2018 7:28 am

    So agreed on comity!!

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 3, 2018 11:22 am

    Great words, of which I knew none!

  5. October 3, 2018 11:25 am

    I really like clerihews – both the word and what it is. I’m with Jill – I wish I could create them.

  6. October 3, 2018 1:55 pm

    One day I’m going to know one of your words.

  7. October 3, 2018 2:40 pm

    All new!

  8. October 3, 2018 7:18 pm

    Excellent words this week!

  9. October 3, 2018 7:41 pm

    Yes on comity. No on clerihew. No on jeremiad (but I had, at least, heard of it).

  10. October 3, 2018 7:56 pm

    These all sound as though they could have come out of a really old fashioned book!

  11. October 4, 2018 1:12 pm

    I’ve not heard of any ofthese words before! 🙂

  12. bookingmama permalink
    October 6, 2018 7:43 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree that we need more comity!

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