Wondrous Words #242

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

Several years of looking with an eagle eye for new words has also trained my eyes to find misspelled words in numerous books. I was reading a review for a new book when I saw the title and thought, “Is that a misspelled word in the title?” I thought the word should have been ruffian, but I was wrong. The book’s title is A Riffian’s Tune by Joseph M. Labaki.

riffian: The author was born in the Rif region of Morocco. A riffian is a person from that area.


In NPR’s newletter about book and author interviews I found this word:

gastroenterologist: Oyer talks to NPR’s Robert Siegel about “thick” markets, gastroenterologists and JDate.

Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the stomach and intestines.

That’s it for me this week. I hope you found some words worth celebrating. Feel free to join Wondrous Words Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kathy for the details.

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9 Responses to Wondrous Words #242

  1. I would have thought the same thing if I’d seen Riffian. I’m sad to say I knew gastroenterology because Carl sees one.

  2. Julia Tomiak says:

    Never heard of riffian. I know gastroenterology because I’m married to a physician. I get to hear all kinds of interesting medical terms.

  3. Vicki says:

    I didn’t know riffian, but did know gastroenterologist.

  4. I am familiar with the gastroenterologist, but didn’t know the other word.

  5. I learned gastroentologist when my brother needed one. Riffian is new to me, so is Rif for that matter — so I got new geography as well as a new word!

  6. JNC says:

    Hadn’t heard of Rif–hence I hadn’t heard of Riffians, either–but I know enough about gastroenterologists to last me several lifetimes. I had to have five abdominal surgeries last year to get my life back to normal! Thank God it worked.

  7. Judy B says:

    Good words both! Like everyone else, I knew gastroenterologist, but not Riffian. Thanks for the new word and the reminder spelling of that gastro-doctor!! LOL

  8. Booketta says:

    I know gastroenterologist but riffian, I thought it was ruffian at first, lol.

  9. Anna Silena says:

    By the way, I’ve read that book by Joseph M Labaki — ‘A Riffian’s Tune.’ I downloaded it on my kindle. It’s superb and everyone will learn loads about not only words, but about a boy’s life, society, religion, superstition, but above all, the meaning of ambition, tenacity and courage. Please ask the author to write a sequel soon. When I started this book, I couldn’t stop! I took time off work. I hated to see it end. It is a fantastic story with eloquent writing. I’ve checked on the reviews, and I’m not the only one who loved it!

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