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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 14, 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!

I found one more word in MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES by Sarah McCoy.

1. purblind– “‘I’m not purblind to the reality of our situation.'”

Purblind means having impaired or defective vision. 

Here’s the difference between blind and purblind: purblind is partially blind while blind is unable to see, due to physiological or neurological factors. Purblind can also mean slow or unable to understand; dimwitted.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2018 3:41 am

    I did hear it and did not know it

  2. November 14, 2018 5:49 am

    Could also apply to the state of democracy…

  3. November 14, 2018 6:23 am

    My Wordy Wednesday post is about a very interesting book: “Linguistics: Why it Matters.” I recommend it to the people who enjoy learning new words and thus I would guess also enjoy learning about language. My post is her:

    best… mae

  4. Carol Evans permalink
    November 14, 2018 8:29 am

    It’s not one I knew, but it makes sense.

  5. November 14, 2018 8:29 am

    That’s a new one for me!

  6. November 14, 2018 9:40 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard that word before.

  7. November 14, 2018 10:16 am


  8. November 14, 2018 12:27 pm

    That’s a new word to me too. I wonder why the author/speaker didn’t just say blind.

    • November 14, 2018 3:22 pm

      It’s not a synonym for “blind.” To quote a language expert: “The word originally meant “completely blind,” but that sense is entirely archaic. Over time the meaning evolved to mean “partly blind” or “dim-sighted.” Today it usually means “slow-witted,” “deficient in understanding or imagination.” A close synonym is obtuse”

      best… mae at

  9. November 14, 2018 2:32 pm

    I was thinking the same thing Margot was.
    But if she did you wouldn’t have had a word for today 🙂

  10. November 14, 2018 5:51 pm

    Interesting, new-to-me word!

  11. November 15, 2018 10:52 am

    I knew the word from the context but I really appreciated that you explained the nuance between blind and purblind.

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