Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday 10/13/15

I've been absent here for a bit. Just busy I guess and not finding any wondrous words in my reading. This remains true today. So I turned to my Word of the Day emails from Merriam-Webster. I found several words that were very familiar to me.

delve - verb   to dig or labor with or as if with a spade.

 "I finally found time to delve into the instructions to program our new blu ray player."

proclivity - noun    an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially :a strong inherent inclination towards something objectionable.

     Martin's proclivity to lose his temper made him difficult to work with.

And I found a couple that were completely new to me.

manque - adj    short of  or frustrated in the fulfillment of ones' aspirations or talents

       Natalie is an actress manque who moved to New York ten years ago and is still looking        for her first big break. 

haplology - noun    contraction of a word by omission of one or more similar sounds or syllables. 

" Haplology is responsible for a number of forms found in rapid speech in English: not just "probly", but also "libry" ( library) or "nesry" ( necessary). 

I did not know there was a name for that!

Did you find any Wondrous Words this week.?


  1. Haplology is fascinating. It's something we do a lot of and I had no idea there's a word for it!

  2. I love the M-W Word of the Day - proclivity intrigued me this week as my pastor used it in a sermon recently. I knew it meant an inclination to something; I didn't realize it meant an inclination to something objectionable. Always good to know the nuance! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I also know both delve and proclivity, but could not have defined them nor use them in a sentence. Thanks for haplology. Interesting.

  4. Never heard of haplology, the others I knew.

  5. I locked on to "haplology too. As much as I use contractions, it seems like this word would have been familiar, but it's not. All the words are interesting.