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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 5, 2020

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 didn’t read much while I was at my mom’s last week so I had to turn back to my Word-a-Day calendar.

1. antonomasia – “To Irene, who often employs antonomasia in her writings, wise politicians are “Solomons,” turncoats are “Judases,” and her favorite author, Shakespeare, is simply “the Bard.”

Antonomasia is a noun that means the use of a proper name to designate a member of a class; also: the use of an epithet or title in place of a proper name.

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2. sastruga – “We traverse around on its north side searching for fingers of smooth, wind-deposited snow between areas of ravaged sastrugi.” — Peter Shelton, Ski, November 1995

I’m glad I had no reason to know this word!  A sastruga is a wavelike ridge of hard snow formed by the wind – usually used in plural.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2020 4:15 am

    I would never have a reason to use the snow word, living along the Texas Gulf Coast as I do, and never venturing into the cold lands during the winter. It is a beautiful word, nevertheless.

  2. February 5, 2020 8:55 am

    I live in the land of snow but haven’t skied in thirty years. Sastruga is a new one.

  3. Felicity Grace terry permalink
    February 5, 2020 9:17 am

    Both new words to me. I’m having such difficulty getting my tongue around antonomasia despite my visiting a site in which I could not just see the pronunciation but hear it.

  4. Lloyd Russell permalink
    February 5, 2020 9:29 am

    Uh, that would be an emphatic “No!” – twice.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 12:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

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  5. February 5, 2020 12:44 pm

    Interesting words! I like the concept of antonomasias.

  6. February 5, 2020 4:04 pm

    I have sure never read those

  7. February 6, 2020 7:08 am

    Those word-a-day calendars really find obscure words. I always feel curious to know how (and if) they are used “in the wild.” My blog post yesterday was a Wordless Wednesday.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  8. February 6, 2020 8:18 am

    Both new to me…but after living most of my life in the snow belt, can’t believe I never came across sastruga!

  9. February 6, 2020 2:44 pm

    New to words me as well! I miss having a Word-a-Day calendar.

  10. February 7, 2020 7:44 am

    I’m looking a snow covered yard, luckily I see no sastruga 🙂

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