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.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a meme created and sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog. Please visit Kathy for more new words.

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