Wondrous Words #260

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.

Last week I read The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. Its the kind of book that’s told through memos, letters, emails, and in this case, through legal papers. In other words, an epistolary novel. (If that’s a new-to-you word, feel free to take it for your own Wondrous Words Wednesday.) I learned quite a few new words while reading this book. I’ll share some today and more next week.  Here are a couple:

vituperative: ” . . . your client, Dr. Durkheim, had a bitter and vituperative argument with his wife . . .”

Vituperative means bitter and abusive.


dilatory: “My wife has been using devious, dishonest, underhanded, and dilatory tactics in order to bully me into settling.”

Dilatory has two meanings but in this sentence I believe the meaning to be this: intended to cause delay.

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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4 Responses to Wondrous Words #260

  1. These are two not too nice words, new for me.

  2. Julia Tomiak says:

    Oh, these are good words today, Margot. I relate vituperative to vitriol. (harsh and angry words). Thanks for playing!

  3. I think I’ve seen those words before but I couldn’t define either one of them. Thankfully, I don’t know many vituperative people – that would be an awful way to live your life.

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