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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy @ Bermudaonion weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)

This week’s words come from The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt.


Obstreperous — “Chimpanzees, lions, wolves all have forms of ostracism forcing out one of their own, either too weak or too obstreperous to be tolerated by the group.”

Obstreperous means noisy and difficult to control.

Chirrupy — “The Halloween getup had no effect on their personas, however, which remained chirrupy.”

I figured this but chirrupy means the same as chirpy.

Peripatetic — “Although his peripatetic days were behind him, Oscar had retained his kinesis and increased his personal velocity by means of an Electric Mobility Scooter.”

Peripatetic traveling from place to place, esp. working or based in various places for relatively short periods.

What new words did you learn this week?

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