Wondrous Words. Words New To Me #2

It’s been almost two months since I made the first post of Wondrous Words. In this time I discovered 5 new words. It’s funny that one of them, the last one, I saw in 3 books in these two months, but never before. I didn’t make notes of where I read the words, so that’s a bit of a mystery. If you want to know more about the series, check Yvonne’s posts at fiction-books and the linky is hosted by Mareli at elzareads.

Wondrous Words

The only thing I can say about the provenance of these words is that most of them come from history books, which is why it is very hard for me to remember where I read them, as I finished 9 books since the first instalment of the Wondrous Words series. Also for some the meaning was easy to understand from the topic and sentence, but alliteration and surmise were not as obvious in the context.

exhortatory means tending to exhort, as in a speech or discourse that encourages, incites, or earnestly advises.

surmise make a judgment about something without sufficient evidence, a guess.

alliteration is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

pantechnicon is a large van for transporting furniture.

hobnobbing means to mix socially, especially with those of perceived higher social status.

I think my favourite word is exhortatory from this selection. Surmise came in close second and this is another word I want to remember and use, if the occasion arises. I don’t think I will remember alliteration as it seems something that is very unlikely to be used in a conversation. The same goes for pantechnicon. I can’t say that I like hobnobbing, it sounds a bit off for me, so I’m not going to use it.

Let me know what you think about these words. Did you know any of them, or all?

6 thoughts on “Wondrous Words. Words New To Me #2”

  • Hi Anca,

    I kind of knew all of your words this time, although I couldn’t have placed an exact definition on alliteration, and whilst I have come across and indeed used exhort I had no idea about exhortatory.

    As FictionFan pointed out, pantechnicon is one of those words that most young people would have no idea about, and I would probably say the same about hobnobbing, although that’s another word that I still use regularly (and I also enjoy those yummy HobNob biscuits, although I guess as a vegan, they wouldn’t be for you!)

    Some excellent words, I really enjoyed this post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aww, thank you. It’s so much fun, I’m glad I’ve joined in the challenge. I will do another post really soon, as I want to share a couple of Oxford-related words.

  • Funnily enough, I nearly used the word ‘pantechnicon’ in a blog post recently to joke about how many books I’d acquired. And as I typed it I realised I hadn’t heard anyone use it in years, and wondered if younger people would know what it was. I think it used to be much more common than it is now. As for hobnobbing, ignore the word by all means, but you really must try HobNob biscuits – they’re great! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I knew three of these for sure: hobnobbing, surmise, and alliteration. I guarantee if English had been your first language, you would have learned the word alliteration in school. It’s a technique I love to use!

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the word exhortatory before, but I probably could figure it out knowing the word exhort.

    Pantechnicon is totally new to me.

    I’m glad you’re joining in these posts. I always enjoy seeing them at Yvonne’s blog.
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    • You are right about alliteration, I didn’t think of that. I found it difficult to understand maths terms because they are so different to the Romanian ones I learned in school.

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