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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 30, 2019

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 had to return to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. pulchritude – “The tennis player may not have won many championship, but her pulchritude gained her a starring role in many glamorous advertising campaigns.”

To me, this word doesn’t sound anything like what it means.  Pulchritude is a noun that means physical comeliness.


2. retrodict – “The technology enables scientists to retrodict solar events and activities of the distant past.”

Retrodict is a verb that means to utilize present information to explain a past event.  This word was formed in the 1950s by combining the prefix for backwards (retro) with the ending of predict.


3. colporteur – “Colporteurs from the mission traveled from village to village.”

A colporteur is a peddler of religious books.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2019 3:18 am

    ‘Pulchritude’ is definitely one that doesn’t sound anything like what it means!

  2. January 30, 2019 6:50 am

    Interesting words — I had heard colporteur as just a traveling bookseller. Some of the dictionaries say that it doesn’t necessarily mean religious books only. But it’s a good word!

    My post today is wordless again. I hope you are in a warmer place than I am!

    best… mae at

  3. January 30, 2019 9:46 am

    I had definitely seen pulchritude before but couldn’t define it. The other 2 I had never heard of.

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 30, 2019 10:17 am

    Clueless on all three!

  5. January 30, 2019 11:46 am

    I really did recognize pulchritude.

  6. January 30, 2019 12:00 pm

    I’m with you on pulchritude- it sounds ugly, or like something that smells bad! Now, retrodict makes sense!

  7. January 30, 2019 12:33 pm

    I like retrodict although I think we do the opposite most often. Maybe that’s why the word is obscure.

  8. January 30, 2019 3:00 pm

    THose are sure new to me

  9. January 30, 2019 5:17 pm

    I agree about pulchritude. Who came up with that term?! I’d forgotten its meaning. The other two words were new-to-me. Great words this week, Kathy!

  10. bookingmama permalink
    February 11, 2019 5:05 pm

    I would have guessed that pulchritude was something to do with fighting…

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