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Wondrous Words Wednesday

An image for the weekly meme Wondrous Words Wednesday… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.

It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog.

You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!

Kathy once remarked that we should be creative with our words and that is exactly what I seem to have managed to achieve this week. My words come from a variety of sources and are certainly an eclectic mix!

My first two words are taken from, ‘Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees’ by Grace Mattioli.

The first word may not appear too unusual, but I have to admit that I didn’t think that it was a valid word when I first came across it. So I checked it out and sure enough, it’s right there in the dictionary, although it is apparently a little used word in this day and age!


She knew that they were both better off separated, but she still hoped that they may reuinte, and that Frank would quite being a mean, crazy drunk, and that Donna would forgive him for his faultiness.

FAULTINESS .. The state of being defective.



So he just listened to the rest of what his suddenly didactic sister had to say about peace, love and Wall Street.


1. Intended to instruct.
2. Morally instructive.
3. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively.
My next word actually forms the title of a book I have received for review by its author … ‘Gifts Of the Peramangk’ by Dean Mayes.
‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’ by Dean Mayes

The Peramangk are an Indigenous Australian people whose traditional lands are primarily located in the Adelaide Hills, but also in the southern stretches of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. They were also referred to as the Mount Barker tribe, as their numbers were noted to be greater around the Mount Barker summit, but Peramangk country extends from the Barossa Valley in the north, south to Myponga, east to Mannum and west to the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Conflicting reports show enmity between the three tribes of the Adelaide region, the Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and Peramangk, yet other reports tell that the Peramangk were held with some reverence due to their differing cultural practices.

Population and traditional practices are hard to verify as shortly after the European settlement of the Adelaide Hills, especially in Mount Barker and Hahndorf, the Peramangk had mysteriously disappeared. It is most likely that they were devastated or wiped out as a result of introduced diseases, but it is also possible that survivors integrated with the Kaurna or Ngarrindjeri tribes. In recent decades, there have been attempts to identify Peramangk descendants through genealogy and DNA testing.

My final word today, is taken from an interview I conducted with successful women’s fiction author, Geraldine Solon.


” My advice for a new writer is to know your market and reach out to your readers … you will need to promote your books and build a brand. In other words, learn how to be an Authorpreneur.”

Authorpreneurship may be defined in simple terms as the art of translating your writing ability into a stream of income. An authorpreneur is an author who gets paid to write. He or she is the writer who seriously treats his or her writing capability with a business approach.

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  • Of those, ‘didactic’ is the only one I’d heard before. Like you I would have questioned ‘faultiness’, it sounds wrong somehow. And so does authorpreneur. I’ve just finished a book of essays by Roy Hattersley and he used the word ‘mendicant’ several times. I’d heard of it but for the life of me did not know what it meant. I just looked it up and it means ‘begging or beggar’. Seems to me you’re never too old to learn.

    • Hi Cath,

      Like yourself, I have heard of ‘mendicant’ before, but without looking it up would have had no idea what it meant, although in this instance I am still not sure that it is any better sounding than the word it purports to replace?

      I am constantly amazed at the amount of new to me words I come across in my reading and whilst I agree that you are never too old to learn, I’m afraid that I am beginning to feel my age when faced with some of the new and modern words from the Urban dictionary. Many of the words are pure slang and the rest are so obnoxious or derogatory, that I can’t ever see myself using them.

      I just read on the BBC that the OED has voted ‘omnishambles’ as new word of the year!


      Thanks for the interesting comment, great to hear from you again.

      • Funny, but my thoughts were exactly the same, Yvonne. ‘Why didn’t he just say ‘beggar’? I do sometimes wonder if people are trying to sound clever just for the sake of it.

        I hadn’t heard of the Urban dictionary until this week funnily enough. Someone on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two said that judge, Craig Revel-Horwood, is now in it. As in ‘doing a Craig’. Meaning, I presume, to be judged harshly. To be honest, I thought that was completely silly.

        • Hi Cath,

          We sometimes watch Strictly Come Dancing and the elimination on Sunday, but I never watch any of the extra programmes around it. Craig is definitely in the Urban Dictionary with more or less your exact thoughts on the definition. However you really don’t want to know what comes up, if you type in the phrase you quoted!! It’s not nice!!

          Some words I come across in my reading, are really interesting ways of describing what to me is a mundane, everyday word. Words I especially find of interest, are those which are archaic and little used these days. However, as you so rightly point out, some people really just seem to like the sound of their own voices and take great pride in showing just how clever they are, by using convoluted and difficult words, to say something quite trivial and silly.

          Whatever happened to ‘The Campaign For Plain English’?

  • Authorpreneur is a delightful portmanteau. Writers have to know how to market their own work and be businesspeople too. Finding the balance between having enough time to write and enough to devote to marketing yourself can be tough.

    • Hi HKatz,

      From reading your comment, I have just discovered a new meaning to a word I thought I knew. I have always recognised ‘portmanteau’ as a type of luggage, but on having to check it out in the context you used the word, have now learnt that it can also describe the single morph of two individual words!

      As the previous commenter, Cath remarked “it seems that you are never too old to learn!”

      ‘Authorpreneur’ and ‘Authorpreneurship’ are great words and describe the modern day author’s role exactly. Wanting to write on its own is great, if you never want anyone to read or buy your books. However, the successful author today, is forced to be a competent businessman, salesman and marketeer as well.Just another sign of the ever-changing times!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, especially for the new to me meaning for ‘portmanteau’.

    • Hi Tracy,

      When Geraldine Solon used the word Authorpreneur in her answer to one of the questions I had askd her in interview, I really did think that she might have made it up. It wasn’t until I checked it out that I was convinced of its authenticity. There are just so many new words making it into common usage these days, that it is almost impossible to keep up with them all!

      There are some great new words taking shape for the ‘Scrabble’ of the future, although there may have to be a rethink by the manufacturer about the mix and quantity of the letters in future editions!!

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      You forgot to tell us which of my words you knew, it would have been interesting to share it with everyone.

      I was really intrigued by the Peramangk. I have read several articles abou them now and can’t wait for Dean’s book to get to the top of my reading pile.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

  • I like the approach you used on this post, Yvonne. I’m glad you added didactic. Every time I see the word I know I know it, but I don’t. I don’t use it, so it’s not really a part of me. Maybe I’ll remember this time?

    • Hi Margot,

      Thank you so much for those kind words, I had a great bunch of words to work with this week, so everything flowed relatively smoothly.

      I am constantly amazed at the number of words which I decide to feature, that I have come across before, yet must have skipped over, thinking I knew them when I didn’t really, so obviously sub-consciously guessing at their meaning.

      The trouble is, that when I do look up a definition, for either of one of my own words, or someone else’s, remembering it later to use in a conversation, is becoming more and more of a problem!

      They say that ‘with age comes wisdom’, but it is more like ‘with age comes absent mindedness and memory loss’

      I hope that didactic comes in useful to you one day! and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I have to admit that my first thought was that I had uncovered an edit or proof reading issue with the book, when I came across faultiness. Fault, faulty, faultless, faultier, faultiest, faultily, they were all there in the dictionary, along with the little used noun faultiness!

      Well done to Grace Mattioli for coming up with that word!

      Thanks for hosting again this week, I had fun taking part.

  • I do love words and just yesterday I was thinking about some of my favorites (yes, I am that weird) while I was in the car between dropping and picking up kids on my afternoon activities run.

    • Hi Kristen,

      There is nothing strange or weird about thinking of words, I do it all the time myself.

      This meme is a great opportunity to share words with others and have them share with me some of their fantastic finds.

      I only wish that I could remember more of these excellent words when I could use them the most, but my recall skills just aren’t what they used to be!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Diana,

      I actually quite like this word as well, and as you so rightly say, the definition does make perfect sense.

      The only problem I have with some of the newly invented words, is that people never seem to know when to stop manipulating and morphing them, until they actually sound ridiculous to the human ear.

      ‘Preneur’ on its own, literally means ‘taker’. ‘Entrepreneur’ has been around for some time now and is an accepted everyday word, but we now have ‘intrapreneur’, ‘wannapreneur’ and the one which probably irritates me the most ‘mumpreneur’. It apears that you can stick ‘preneur’ on the end of just about any old word …. and Voila!

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments are always welcome.

    • Hi Linda,

      I have always thought myself to be fairly literate, however, I feel quite uneducated and inadequate, when I come across the amazing amount of new to me words, which are up for grabs each week in this great meme.

      I found that discovering the Peramangk Aborigines, was the most interesting part of my research this week. It would have been rather poor to have started reading a book, without even understanding the title first!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you.

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