Every 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.
I encountered a new form of meeting new-to-me words this week. It happened Monday at Toastmasters while we did a fun Table Topics exercise. (Table Topic is a part of the meeting where members take part in short extemporaneous speeches.)
When a member was called to the front, the person in charge gave him or her a weird word to define. The words were all so weird that no one knew what they meant so it was a chance to be creative and make up a definition. It was a great chance to ad lib our way through a one-to-two minute speech.
Here are a couple of the words we tried to define:
The member’s creative definition: “The sound you hear at a drive-through speaker after you give your order. It sounds like this: “sg*x@lsg#gi%em#$mm!!” After a couple of those exchanges, you just have to drive up to the window and really order.”
That’s not right? Okay, what does gorgonize really mean? To turn into stone; to paralyze with one’s gaze.
The member’s creative definition: “This word means the science of environmental change from the perspective of wild animals around the world”
What does ktenology really mean? It’s the science of putting people to death.
That was a lot of fun to do. Try it out at your n ext gathering of friends and/or family.
All the words came from The Dictionary of Weird Words.
Okay, 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