Wondrous Words Wednesday

Happy Wednesday — it’s time for some new words! You know how this works – share a few words from your current book that you had to look up, then head over to Bermuda Onion’s Weblog to learn some new ones.

This week, my words are from an online magazine called Death and Taxes. They put together a list of 18 Obsolete Words that Should Never Have Gone Out of Style. There are some great words on that list – you should read the whole list – and here are my favorites:

Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

Resistentialism: The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects —

Wonder-wench: A sweetheart — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

  7 comments for “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. March 20, 2013 at 11:26 am
  2. March 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Ahhh words to make me smile on a Thursday morning!
    My mind leapt to all sorts of (wrong) conclusions about spermologer.
    And my computer is a regular example of resistentialism! (Although I will never be able to pronounce it :-)

  3. March 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    With some columnists I think spermologer is much more accurate. Too bad it’s out of circuoation.

  4. March 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Great words! I have to admit that wonder-wench is my favorite. I’m going to try to use that at book club next week.

  5. March 21, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I really like the word resistentialism, but hate it when that happens.

  6. March 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Spermologer. That one speaks for itself.

    Perhaps I’ll try wonder-wench on a coworker today…

    Great words!

  7. March 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    “Sweetheart” is NOT what came to mind when I read “wonder wench”- for me, wench has a negative connotation, and I’d be afraid to use that in conversation! Same for spermologer. What interesting words!

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