Wondrous Words #182

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fun meme I love to play each week. It keeps me looking for new words wherever I’m reading. It’s the brainchild of Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog. Be sure to visit her.

I’m nearly done reading In Need of a Good Wife by Kelley O’Connor McNees. I found a few new words in the story so far.

1.  stasis: She no longer saw her existence as an ascening march toward happiness; instead, it was a stasis to be endured, a clanging and sputteroing machine that produced nothing.

Stasis is a period or state of inactivity.

2.  paucity: Some of them knew it and some of them had deluded themselves with the notion that it was merely the paucity of women in town keeping them single.

Paucity means the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities.

3.  prevenient: Your thoughts on Wesley’s concept of prevenient grace are heartening, too, as I concur rendering of Christ’s compassion than strict adherence to Calvinist doctrine.

Prevenient means preceding in time or order.

Those are my new words for the week. I hope you’ve had a good week in which you discovered some new words in your world.

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6 Responses to Wondrous Words #182

  1. Those are all new to me but I should have known statis. Darn! I’ll have to refer to this post when I read the book.

  2. YVONNE says:

    Hi Margot,

    This certainly sounds like an intriguing book and a possible new author, who I wouldn’t mind reading in the future.

    The only one of your words that I didn’t know, was prevenient. Looking at it anew, I can see that ‘pre’ at the beginning gave a good indication that we were looking at something to do with ‘before’, but I had no idea as to the correct definiton.

    Three great words, obviously historical in their usage, yet completely in keeping with the period of the book.


  3. Good words. I knew the first two, but they are fairly recent additions to my vocabulary. The last one is completely new and very interesting.

  4. Staci says:

    #2 is a new word for me…love learning new vocabulary!!

  5. Bill Weston says:

    Prevenient is a new one on me. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Diana Leigh says:

    I like the word paucity. Love the way it sounds!

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