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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 10, 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!

My first two words are from LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE by John Jay Osborn:

1. semiotics – “Semiotics and hermeneutics.”

Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.


2. hermeneutics – “Semiotics and hermeneutics.”

Hermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.


This word is from THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson.

3. propitiation – “He was almost cringing with propitiation.”

Propitiation means the action of propitiating or appeasing a god, spirit, or person.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2018 9:21 am

    The good news is that I had heard of 2 of the 3. The bad news is that I couldn’t define them. So close and yet very far!

  2. October 10, 2018 11:51 am

    I love it when I score two new words in one sentence. You won the bonus prize today!

  3. October 10, 2018 1:30 pm

    You must be reading some pretty postmodern stuff!

    best… mae at

  4. October 10, 2018 2:14 pm

    All new to me! Thanks

  5. October 10, 2018 2:34 pm

    I knew the first, but then I am a language graduate

  6. October 10, 2018 4:33 pm

    Two really powerful sounding storylines and some interesting words to match.

    I have never come across “hermeneutics” before and whilst I was aware of the other two words, I would have had no real idea of how to consolidate a definition for either.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that you enjoyed both books 🙂


  7. October 11, 2018 3:46 pm

    Sigh! All very new to me!

  8. October 11, 2018 4:35 pm

    Semiotics I knew–sort of! Great words this week, Kathy! 🙂

  9. bookingmama permalink
    October 15, 2018 6:58 am

    Great words and all new to me!

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