As I tend not to take part in this excellent meme on too regular a basis, I do hope that I am not duplicating words which have already been previously featured.
With that in mind, I have also revisited my ‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ posts and tagged all the words I have shared myself, to avoid any future repetition.
My words this time are all so quirky that I just know they have not appeared in any of my previous posts, so I hope that you enjoy reading about them 🙂
- 1. – DOULA
This first word is another of those ‘accidental’ discoveries I seem to keep making, when actually searching for something completely different. I came across it on a site called “Family Minded” and the article is dated April 2019…
Duchess Meghan has expressed interest in having a natural birth — so much so that reports claim she has been working with a doula. That means curious women everywhere have several questions about what that means, starting with the very obvious: What exactly is a doula?
A doula is a trained non-medical companion who supports another individual through a significant health-related experience such as childbirth, miscarriage, induced abortion or stillbirth or non-reproductive experiences such as dying. A doula may also provide support to the partner, family and friends. The overall goal of a doula in any context is for their client to feel safe, be informed and feel comfortable, complementing the role of health professionals providing medical care.
2. – QUIDNUNC
I came across this word in a GIF attached to a twitter post
An inquisitive and gossipy person.
3. – PSEPHOLOGIST
Given the current turmoil in our UK politics and political establishment, with not only Brexit being faced by the country as a dilemma, but now with the added complication of a pre-Christmas general election (an unprecedented 3 in 4 years), a national television news channel was reporting on the events of the day (November 30th 2019), when their political editor was heard to comment that the psephologists would be busy gathering their statistics and data, prior to the December 12th vote.
Psephology is a division of political science that deals with the examination as well as the statistical analysis of elections and polls. People who practice psephology are called psephologists.
A few of the major tools that are used by a psephologist are historical precinct voting data, campaign finance information, and other related data. Public opinion polls also play an important role in psephology. Psephology also has various applications specifically in analysing the results of election returns for current indicators, as opposed to predictive purposes.
Degrees in psephology are not offered (instead, a psephologist might have a degree in political science and/or statistics). Knowledge of demographics, statistics, and politics are prerequisites for becoming a psephologist.
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!