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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 26, 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!

This week’s words are from ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane.

1. dote – “‘You’re a dote,’ Francis would say to the baby when she finished, and then flip her to his shoulder for a burp.”

Dote is Irish slang and is a term of endearment that means someone is cute.

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2. currach – Almost every afternoon, for a period of minutes, the shape of a currach hung on the wall across from his bed, but when he looked away and turned back to it slowly, it was never there.

A currach is a small round boat propelled with a paddle.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2019 3:15 am

    I knew the boat 🙂

  2. June 26, 2019 6:26 am

    I can never get through a book with Irish slang without an online dictionary! Interesting how many different words they have!

  3. June 26, 2019 7:12 am

    I’ve never heard of either of those words, and I suspected they might be Irish. I had to look up the book. NPR gave it a rave review. I’ll be curious to see what you think.

  4. Mae Sander permalink
    June 26, 2019 7:36 am

    Nice Irish words. They always come up with such colorful and expressive things. Like making the verb “to dote” into a noun for a baby.

    I posted Wordless Wednesday a day early. Maybe I’ll come up with a wordy post later on today.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  5. June 26, 2019 7:48 am

    I knew currach 🙂

  6. Lloyd Russell permalink
    June 26, 2019 9:12 am

    #1 is interesting because “to dote on” is to pay special attention to. I guess that’s the American version.

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  7. June 26, 2019 9:21 am

    I’m reading this book now, too, and also had to look up currach.

  8. June 26, 2019 10:07 am

    Dote really has a unique meaning here.

  9. June 26, 2019 2:24 pm

    Didn’t know either word. I have this on hold at the library but I’m #8 on the list. I can’t wait to see what you think of it.

  10. June 27, 2019 6:05 pm

    I did not know either of these words! I hope to remember them.

  11. June 27, 2019 8:25 pm

    I very rarely look a word up, but I found this in my Thich Nhat Hanh reading this week, ameliorate (“ameliorate your suffering”) I guessed correctly the meaning, but was surprised to see a word I’d never seen before. ameliorate = make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    July 12, 2019 6:53 am

    I loved this book!!! So neat that we could learn a few new words too!

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