Wondrous Words #181

It’s Wednesday and time to look at the new words I discovered this week. I want to share two new words with you. While reading Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie I found this word that I’d like to add to my own vocabularly:

1. cudgelled: “Oh, yes. But I’ve cudgelled my brains and I cannot see under what circumstances he would write a letter with just those words in it.”

Cudgel is an old English word meaning a short thick stick used as a weapon. Used as a verb cudgelled or cudgeling means to beat with a stick. There are a couple of other phrases using the word:

  • cudgel one’s brain meaning to think hard about a problem.
  • take up the cudgels means to start to defend or support someone or something strongly :there was no one else to take up the cudgels on their behalf.

I also like this new word. I see it as useful in certain situations as in this case:

2. embonpoint: “A little additional — er — embonpoint — is easily managed and has a remarkably ageing effect.”

Embonpoint is the plump or fleshy part of a person’s body. There’s no need to call someone fat. They just have a little extra emponpoint.

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6 Responses to Wondrous Words #181

  1. I knew cudgel but have never seen it used as a verb. Embonpoint is interesting and something I wish I didn’t have! lol

  2. Vicki says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever heard of them before!

  3. Diana Leigh says:

    Both words are new to me. I’m trying to lose a little of my extra emponpoint. 🙂

  4. Care says:

    whoa, I would easily have confounded cudgel with bludgeon. and I vote NO! to any more embonpoint! I got plenty, thank you.

  5. Staci says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the second one at all!

  6. Louise says:

    I knew cudgel, but haven’t heard it used as a verb either. I’ve seen embonpoint before, but had completely forgotten it, thanks for reminding us.

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