Wondrous Words #169

Thanks for stopping by to check on the new words I found this week. I’ve been reading one of Willa Cather’s classics – My Antonia. Here are two new-to-me words I’ve already discovered:

1. freemasonry: We agreed that no one who had not grown up in a little prairie town could know anything about it. It was a kind of freemasonry, we said.

Freemasonry here refers to an instinctive sympathy or fellow feeling between people with something in common.

2. Christmas melons: The white Christmas melons we did not touch, but we watched them with curiosity.


I’ve grown melons before but I’d never heard of a Christmas melon. A little research told me this: “Many of us consider summer or fall to be the peak season for melons, but there is a special variety of muskmelon which ripens in December. Because of this unusual winter ripening, it is called a Christmas melon or Santa Claus melon. A Christmas melon’s flavor is said to be reminiscent of a very sweet honeydew melon.”

I’m sure I’ll discover more words in this great story about life on the prairie. I’ll share them with you in future Wondrous Words Wednesday.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a meme sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to visit her for more new words.

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5 Responses to Wondrous Words #169

  1. I knew what a Freemason is because my dad was one so I kind of figured that word out. I’ve never heard of a Christmas melon but now I want one.

  2. Helen Cruz says:

    Good article here! For seniors their health is another potential problem. With adequate nutrition intake, exercise and elder care , this problem could be solved. In your case, growing fruit not only provides rich vitamins but also is a good body exercise.

  3. Louise says:

    I was aware of the Freemasons organisation, but wasn’t familiar with this usage. Christmas melons sound intriguing don’t they?

  4. I loved this book — I think I have every Willa Cather book on my Kindle (and have read them) — one of my reading goals accomplished. I’ve eaten a Christmas melon (called Santa Claus melon in the market where I bought it)….but I had the wrong def. for Freemasons, I thought it had to do with the organization.

  5. Staci says:

    I would love to try a Christmas melon…sounds delicious!

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