Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday (2)

It's Vocab Nerd time again!

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermudaonion each week.  It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

Here are three of my favorites new-to-me words from recent reads.  All definitions from

1. tintinnabulation. (This was used as one of the character's passwords in Feed by Mira Grant)
the ringing or sound of bells.

2. temblor.   "I sucked in large gulps of air in an attempt to still the temblor erupting from within me."  (From The Mistaken by Nancy S. Thompson)
a tremor; earthquake.

3. crepitate.  "A minute later the Marsten House loomed ahead of them, dark and crepitating, and Royal felt the first thread of real fear worm its way into his belly."  (From 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King)
verb (used without object),  crep·i·tat·ed,  crep·i·tat·ing.
to make a crackling soundcrackle.

What are your new words this week?


  1. I guess I didn't pick up on tintinnabulation since I listened to the audio version of Feed. That would be quite a mouthful to say!

  2. What a fun meme! Great words. Crepitate sounds just like what it means. I can hear the crackling when I say it. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. These I didn't know, new to me today, thanks! for sharing.

  4. I assumed tintinnabulation was something to do with sound (like tinnitus) but I've never heard of it before! :o Interesting word.

  5. All three are good words but I really like temblor. It definitely fits a personal experience better than earthquake or tremor. I want to remember that one.

  6. What a wonderful three words. Crepitation is a word I'm familiar with, but the others are new for me too.

  7. Kara, yes! I thought the same thing about crepitate.

    Rinn, I also thought that about tintinnabulation, so I wasn't totally surprised by the definition, but the word itself is pretty cool anyway.

    Margot, perfect way to describe temblor.


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