Words are fascinating, aren’t they? I sometimes wonder how certain words came into being, how they entered into the English language. An example of this is: smorgasbord. Sources tell us that it is a compound word derived from the Swiss smörgs, meaning sandwich and bord, table. Have you eaten at a restaurant featuring a sandwich table recently?
A number of years ago I started keeping up with words that made me wonder. I don’t have an elaborate system. Each time a “wonder word” pops up on the page, I flip to the back of the book and jot it down there, usually making note of the page on which it appears. Don’t worry if you loan me a book, though. I don’t make it a habit of marking up books that belong to other people. In such cases I tuck a piece of scrap paper in the book and jot the wonder words on it. I have a stack of these papers in my writing notebook.
Through the years, I’ve read thousands of books. When people pick up a book from one of the shelves in my library and ask me if I’ve read it, I occasionally don’t immediately remember. In such cases, my usual response is to flip to the back of the book and see if there are any words listed there. Interestingly, looking at this list of words often helps me to remember the content of the book.
Well, that’s enough rambling on about words that make us wonder. I just wanted to share a few of the words that made me wonder during my reading last week. Let me know if you are you familiar with these. What are some of the words that make you wonder? By the way, if you wonder about any of these and want to read a definition, just click on the word. Here’s a partial list:
Blessings to all,