Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday!

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermudaonion's Weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun (please do!) Be sure to leave a link to your post over at Bermudaonion's Weblog.

The first two words are from America America by Ethan Canin.

"Perhaps this was a mark of his respect for me; but more likely it was his dismissal of a callow boy who had once belittled him in public."

1. Callow [kal-oh] -adj.
Immature, inexperienced


This next word comes from Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons

"I know that I read a great deal of folklore and many scurrilous best-sellers, but I don't remember much of the television, except for having a vague crush on Peter Gunn."

2. Scurrilous {skur-uh-luhs} -adj.
1.Grossly or obscenely abusive.
2.Characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive.


This word is from Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado

"I was both grotesquely undisciplined and a potential fatty, effortlessly breaching two cardinal sins in my mother's endless ledger of unforgivable venialities."

3. Venial {vee-nee-uhl} -adj.
1.Able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (as opposed to mortal).
2.Excusable; minor; trifling


  1. Great words! I think I could use both callow and venial.

  2. Hi!
    Great words! They are all new to me. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  3. I know some callow people! I think that's a word I can use. Thanks for participating!

  4. Fabulous words.
    I like callow. I can see myself using that word.

    Here are my Wondrous Words

  5. Great words - I like scurrilous
    Here are my words

  6. "Only a very callow person would make such a scurrilous attack on my good name and be so obtuse as to consider it a venial offense."

    oh...I thought we were suppose to use them all in a

  7. I love the words you found for today. I think I might actually be able to use them here and there, maybe even in one of my book reviews.

  8. gautami: I see I'm in good company! I'll be over to check out your words!

    Jo-Jo: I can see myself using both of them too, they're not that unusual or outlandish!

    Sherrie: Thank you! And thenks for coming by and visiting my blog!

    bermudaonion: Good point! I do too! You host a great meme!

    Deanna/ibeeg: Thanks for coming by, I agree!

    snowbell: I'm pretty partial to scurrilous too!

    caite: lol now that's impressive!

    lilly: thank you! I hope so!

  9. Good words-glad to hear you are enjoying Confections of a Master Baker-you will have to bake something.

    I got two more beautiful cookbooks today. Aghhh were am I going to put all of them.