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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 13, 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 haven’t been reading much so turned to my Word-a-Day calendar for inspiration this week.

1. tu quoque – “A good debater recognizes that resorting to a tu quoque only weakens one’s position in the argument.”

A tu quoque is a retort charging an adversary with being or doing what he or she criticizes in others.  I think this phrase will come in handy this election season.

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2. Pyrrhic – “The new legislation marks a Pyrrhic victory for the governor, who had to expend considerable political capital in order to reach a compromise with the state legislature.”

Pyrrhic is an adjective that means achieved at excessive cost; also: costly to the point of negating or outweighing expected benefits.  This seems like a very timely word.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2020 4:49 am

    Both seem to be very timely!

  2. May 13, 2020 8:09 am

    Both interesting but probably won’t make it into my daily word usage 😉

  3. May 13, 2020 10:35 am

    Hi,
    New words for me…thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day!

  4. Felicity Grace terry permalink
    May 13, 2020 11:31 am

    Two great choices neither of which I could begin to pronounce … or at least probably not correctly.

  5. May 13, 2020 12:27 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I have come across pyrrhic before, although I don’t think I could have written a sentence which would have used the word in the correct way.

    Tu quoque is definitely a new one on me and I love the cartoon which is used over on the search engine to illustrate the word, alongside your concise definition …

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=2TndU4Np&id=CDFA7E776EF7CD7A81BB88390DA1D6D9899DF87C&thid=OIP.2TndU4NpSJBNSGOpipqimgHaGX&mediaurl=https%3a%2f%2fupmic.files.wordpress.com%2f2014%2f07%2flf7-tu-quoque.png&exph=1374&expw=1600&q=to+quoque&simid=608011813715839525&selectedIndex=0&ajaxhist=0

    A long link I know, but worth it!!

    I might have a go at using this one in a sentence. Given the state of politics on both sides of the Atlantic, I’m sure that won’t be too difficult!!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    Yvonne
    xx

  6. May 13, 2020 12:29 pm

    Sorry Kathy,

    I didn’t realise the link would destroy your lovely page. I can’t find a delete button, but please feel free to delete the comment.

    I AM SO SORRY! 🙂

  7. May 13, 2020 2:35 pm

    Both of these words should be used every day in the world of politics.

  8. May 13, 2020 4:03 pm

    Those are new, though that second, hmmm, sounds familiar

  9. May 13, 2020 7:08 pm

    Excellent words to learn and use!!

  10. May 14, 2020 2:06 am

    OMG, these are PERFECT for now. I’m bookmarking this post!

  11. May 19, 2020 12:08 pm

    I hadn’t ever heard of tu quoque before, but it’s exactly what I meant earlier today when I wrote about the narrator of The Sense of an Ending calling others insensitive when he is the one who isn’t paying attention to their feelings.

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