Wednesday 30 May 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday 30/5/12

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fabulous weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our weekly reading.  

I found my words all over the place this week. This first word comes from my recent listening to Cleaving, a memoir by Julie Powell of Julie/Julia fame. 

1. Contrapuntal (Adjective)

A musical term meaning of, relating to, or incorporating counterpoint. The Free Dictionary

It was somewhat sobering as I entered this word into my iphone to keep note of it to find that my iphone's predictive text knew contrapuntal when I didn't. 

My second word comes from reading the winning story of the inaugural Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer Award

2. Cosplay

And having an unusual name in Ken Livingstone Comprehensive made him as much a target as the four-eyed kids, or the stuttering kids or even the cosplay kids. 

Cosplay is a contracture of Costume play. Wiki tells me it is popular with young people who like anime and manga, and big on the internet and in Japan. 

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The third word this week comes from blog reading. I came across a book on poop (or poo depending on where you live).

3. Frass

Frass is a form of insect poo. It is the fine powdery material that plant eating insects pass. Wiki

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bermudaonion said...

I've heard of cosplay but never knew what it was called. I should be able to remember that one. I didn't know contrapuntal or frass either and I love that you found frass in a book title!

Libby said...

Hi Louise! I did not know any of the three, although I had seen cosplay written before.

I'm signing on as a follower too - do not know why I have not done that before - LOL!

Anonymous said...

These are all new for me, thanks for sharing.

Margot said...

I must say, Louise, I think you've won the award for the most eclectic WWW post. From poop to fashion - very good.

Anonymous said...

I've got to start doing this meme. I love learning (and sharing) new words. Incidentally, I did know contrapuntal, but I'm a pianist. However, the other two were new to me. Very much enjoyed this!

Bev Hankins said...
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Bev Hankins said...

Trying again...

Insect poo. Who knew it had a name. Now I've got to wonder when I'll have a chance to use that one....

Here are my Words.

Suko said...

Fun and eclectic post! Your words are from many sources! Cosplay is an interesting, "hip" term.

Anonymous said...

Good job, and fun words, thanks for sharing!
(I wouldn't feel too bad about the phone knowing a word that you didn't: they have such a quirky vocabulary, phones have...)

Hannah said...

Oh, contrapuntal. That brings back memories of my up-to-age-18 serious piano life!

Could've lived without frass, though... ;)

Satia said...

My children used to cosplay. Well, two of them did anyway. My daughter now does her own thing and still has people stop and ask her to take her photo.

A whole book about animal poop? Wow. There truly is a book on everything.

The Daemon said...

My citrus trees think frass is a pain in the ass!