Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday (12)

Welcome back, wordy friends!

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, all from Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose. All definitions from

1. sycophantic. "But chatting with Rel always makes me sycophantic." 

from sycophant; noun.
a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

2. jeremiad. "He might launch into a jeremiad about personal privacy and media responsibility.

a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint.

3. fusty. "But it wasn't just the fusty ladies at the established magazine that made her want to set out on her own
. "
1. having a stale smell; moldy, musty.
2. old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like.
3. stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.

What are your new words this week?


  1. I love fusty because it sounds like what it is. I'm going to try to incorporate it into my vocabulary!

  2. Fusty is wonderful. I also rather enjoy the term "snicked" as in "the doors snicked shut" because that's what elevator doors DO. (Sweet button, yo :))

  3. I love all your words today. I must get a copy of Sad Desk Salad!

    Sometimes as I peruse the world of bloggers, I feel a bit on the fusty side myself. I am older than dirt!

  4. I know fusty - sometimes I feel just like grammajudyb! Jeremiad is new to me though.

  5. I too love's a word with a good visual behind it! @Katie, snicked is an awesome word.

    @grammajudyb and Sim, don't worry, I feel that way when I read the book blogs run by high schoolers. :)


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