Wondrous Words #236

WWWEvery week word lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

This week my two new-to-me words came from Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline. It’s a book my whole book club enjoyed. Here are a couple of new words I discovered:

1.  appellation:  “The lake makes it windy, hence its appellation: the Windy City.

From the context, appellation seems to mean nickname. Close, but not quite there. Appellation means name or title.

2.  pusillanimous:  She almost feels sorry for him, the pusillanimous wretch.

Pusillanimous means showing a lack of courage or determination. Also timid.

That’s it for me this week. I hope you found a new word or two in your reading. Feel free to join in. Visit Kathy for the details.

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6 Responses to Wondrous Words #236

  1. I didn’t know either of those words! The second one is such a mouthful, I doubt I’d ever use it.

  2. Julia Tomiak says:

    Great words! Pusillanimous sounds like what it means- would I like to throw that one out in conversation!

  3. Suko says:

    I’ll have a hard time remembering pusillanimous because it doesn’t sound like its meaning (to me). Terrific post, Margot! 🙂

  4. Charlie says:

    They’re words I have seen but would have had to guess at. I would have been close, like you for the first, but winging it for the second. Great words!!

  5. Louise says:

    I know appellation quite well, mainly from the French usage- champagne is a famous French appellation. I know that I’ve seen pusillanimous before, but it’s one of those words where the meaning just won’t stick.

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