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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!

1. My first new word this week, I came across when I was commenting on a post published by the lovely Kristen, over at BookNAround. She was highlighting a book which she is eagerly awaiting publication of and this word was in the synopsis she had found.

CORUSCATING

Irreverent, coruscating, angry, at times shocking, but always revelatory, his memoir takes the reader into unfamiliar territory, much like the experience Alice had when she fell down the rabbit hole.

CORUSCATING …

 To give forth flashes of light; sparkle and glitter.

 To exhibit sparkling virtuosity.

2. My second word, comes from my current read ‘Dragondain’ by Richard Due, a YA fantasy story and the second installment in ‘The Moon Realm’ series.

NON SEQUITURS

Lily blushed. She’d forgotten that here, in the Moon Realm, her obscure history references would not only be unappreciated, but total non sequiturs to boot.

NON SEQUITURS

A conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement.

I haven’t contributed to this meme much over the last few weeks, so I am really looking forward to checking out everyone’s new words this week!

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Yvonne

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22 comments
  • I’ve heard of both of those but would have extremely hard put to say what either of them meant. Hope you’re getting back to normal again after the festive season.

    • Hi Cath,

      I think that sometimes is very much the case that a word sticks in the mind that I have heard, but I have no real idea of its correct meaning. I admit that I just kind of guess what it might be, in context with the words or sentence around it, unless I take the trouble to stop and check it out!

      I love researching words and their true meanings, the only problem I have then is remembering them for more than a few minutes!

      I am not too sure that I would ever find it necessary to use ‘non sequiturs’ in a conversation. Neither am I truly convinced that a relatively young child would use it in her thought processes, like Lily did. I know that both Lily and Jasper are exceptional children, however this word seems quite out of character for them!

      Christmas and New Year already seem like distant memories, it doesn’t take long to get back into the daily routine, does it?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits.

  • Welcome back Yvonne, I’ve had a bit of a break too, it’s nice to be back at the words isn’t it?“I know I’ve seen coruscating before, but hadn’t remembered the meaning. I know Non Sequitur because it’s the name of one of my favourite modern comic strips- it can be a bit hit and miss but very often he really nails it (mainly in the one panel ones).

    http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur

    • Hi Louise,

      I must admit, that much of my absence from the boards just lately, has been down to a three week vacation in Florida, during which time I just didn’t seem to get a free moment to do much in the way of blog posts, despite going away armed with laptop! Admittedly, the hotel wireless was a little hit and miss, but that isn’t really much of an excuse!

      Also, I have somewhat lost my reading ‘mojo’ over the last few weeks, so I am hoping that a New Year is going to see me re-vitalised and raring to go!

      Thanks for that great link, I must say that I was more than a little surprised when you said that Non Sequitur, is the name of a comic strip, however I have just spent a very happy few minutes checking out the site and it certainly gives the word a meaning and life all its own! Much of the material is very ‘Dilbert’ like in its content and presentation, so I can see why you think it ‘hits the nail on the head’, most of the time!

      Thanks for taking the time to post such a great contribution to the discussion, it is much appreciated.

  • I honestly thought that I know what non sequiturs meant but looking at the defiintion I realize that I don’t. And coruscating is new to me.

    Thanks for sharing and happy reading.

    • Hi Monique,

      I quite often think that I know a word, only to be proved totally and utterly wrong, when I take the time to check out the correct definition.

      The problem then, is remembering the definition for more than a short time and finding myself needing to re-check the word, when I come across it again!

      Information certainly sank in and stayed put much easier when I was younger, now it is just so much of an uphill struggle!!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is great to talk with you again.

  • It’s nice to see you with some new words! I’ve heard or seen non sequitur before but have never looked it up and don’t think I understood it’s meaning correctly. Good thing I’ve never attempted to use it. I can try to add it to my vocabulary now

    Coruscating is totally new to me – I’m rather surprised they used a word like that in a book description!

    • Hi Kathy,

      Non sequitur, is one of those words which sounds good, but unless you know the full definition and in what context to use the word, could land you in quite a lot of trouble, if used incorrectly! I am wondering just what kind of conversation I would be having and with whom, to be able to use it with any degree of confidence!

      The book that Kristen was so eagerly waiting publication of was a memoir with the straight talking title of ‘The Day My Brain Exploded’, so I guess that to use a word such as coruscating in the description now doesn’t seem quite so out of place!

      Thanks for hosting WWW and for visiting participating blogs, it is much appreciated.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Coruscating is quite a good sounding word, isn’t it? and one which shouldn’t be too difficult to include in a conversation at some point in the future.

      I will quite often discuss my new words with colleagues, just to see if anyone has come across any of them, as many of them complete daily crosswords and several belong to local ‘Scrabble’ clubs, which they take quite seriously!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, great to talk with you, as always.

  • Hi there! Like some of your other readers, I’ve never bothered to look non sequitur up. So good to know precisely what it means. I love that word ‘coruscating’ – but I agree with Kathy that you would think they would use a more common word in a book description.

    • Hi Sim,

      I guess that coruscating is a rather effusive word to use in a book’s synopsis, however, when you take into account that the book is called ‘The Day My Brain Exploded’ and describes how Ashok Rajamani had to rebuild and re-learn his entire life, then no words can be too much!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I value both.

    • Hi,

      I start off with all good intentions of using my new found words in conversation, or correspondence, however sadly, I generally fail, primarily because I tend to forget many of the definitions by the time the opportunity to use them arises.

      I am hoping that some of the information does stick subliminally, as I do worry about the state of my intellect, given the amount of words I don’t know!

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always appreciated, together with your contribution.

  • I knew non sequitur. They are always fun to look for. I really like coruscating. It adds so much more to the description of a person than to say he’s brilliant. I’m going to try to adopt that word into my vocabulary.

    • Hi Margot,

      In the case of Ashok Rajamani, the subject of the book Kirsten is waiting publication of, I think that to say he is brilliant, is an understatement, so to apportion a beautifully descriptive word such as coruscating, is quite appropriate.

      I haven’t come across non sequitur before, but now I know about it, I am sure that I shall be looking for examples in almost everything I read, perhaps it is a word that could be included in the odd review!

      Thanks for taking the time to read this post and, as always, for leaving such an excellent comment.

    • Hi Susan,

      Some words just sound ‘right’ don’t they and coruscating is one of them. This is definitely a word that needs to be remembered and used!

      Thanks for the interest in my post this week, I appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I really enjoy having the opportunity to research new words, although I do get a little depressed that my vocabulary and intellect is so low, that I didn’t understand their meaning in the first place!

      I am constantly amazed at all the new words which appear each week and there are shrieks of euphoria when I actually know one of them already!!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always value your comments.

    • Hi Naida,

      Coruscating seems to have the vote this week, as favourite word and I think I have to agree.

      Thanks for the visit, hope all is well with you.

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