Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Wondrous Words: Favorite New-to-Me Words of the Year (2021)



ichigo ichie...the art of making the most of every moment. From The Book of Ichigo Ichie. My post.

My wabi-sabi house

February. appreciation of things the way they are; a reveling in the texture and complexity of real life and the beauty of imperfection. From The Atlas of Happiness. My post.

March. acquire reading materials and then let them pile up without reading them. My post.


panecitos...little street food breads that come in a variety of shapes and flavors. From Delicious! Poems Celebrating Street Foods from Around the World. My post.


contronyms...a word with two opposite meanings. My post.


eumoirous...happy as a result of being good. From The Superior Person's Second Book of Weird and Wondrous Words. My post.

Modern art from the Centre Pompidou in Paris


modern in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. My post.

My dad, on his 94th birthday, filled with joie de vivre.


joie de vivre...the joy of living. From My Four Seasons in France. My post.


kintsugi...finding value, meaning, and even beauty in our vulnerability and flaws. From Happiness Found in Translation: A Glossary of Joy from Around the World. My post.

Shinrin-roku in Arkansas.


shinrin-roku...forest-bathing. From Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy. My post.


nonfiction...the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay. My post


cozy mystery...a mystery that's lighter than a traditional mystery, where the murder takes place off-stage, with an amateur detective in charge of the investigation, and with little violence. My post.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! It was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion and is now hosted at Elza Reads.


  1. Quite a few words I would never use there. Modern Art to me is nothing but rubbish, tell me how you can consider a pile of bricks art. I see it on building sites when I walk past, the art is in laying the bricks to make a wall or building. An unmade bed in display, really what sort of idiot do the people who come up with these ideas take us for. Some modern art is ok but I find it all very childlike. Non Fiction I do read like the one I just have called "How to Build a car" by Adrian Newey which I found most interesting but then I come from that type of background.. I love the thought of a cozy mastery which I should read more of. I did manage to beat my goodreads Challenge again this year and ended up with 57 books. Might go for 60 next year. Have a great Christmas

  2. you had an exciting year with lots of interesting words

  3. I love the term wabi-sabi, mainly because it describes most of my home decor. Great list!

  4. Love all the new words for me. We need to live them all.

    Your dad at 94 made me smile. He looks so young.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  5. Some interesting words, including a few I didn't know. And I liked the interspersed photos :)

    Hope you have a great Holiday season, and Happy WW.

  6. I particularly love tsunduko. Fantastic photo of your dad too!

  7. What a wonderful idea and I loved the year's recap.

  8. I have the word for March down pat! I do wish I had more wabi sabi in my life, and now I wish that we had more challenges like this post it looks like it was a lot of fun!

  9. These are all useful words you've chosen!

  10. I don't recognize the language behind the words, sounds like Native Americans or Japonese only one I understand well because it's French !

  11. Of the few I know, one is a term I love to use - joie de vivre!

  12. Great post. So many interesting words. Of course I love the December choice. I do love reading cozy mysteries.

    Merry Christmas!

  13. Happy New Year Deb - this is a fabulous post - I agree with Yvonne about your Dec word - I'm also a cozy mystery fan!

    I look forward to going through all of your words and posts and I think you've inspired me to actively keep a journal of new words I learn in 2022.

    CONGRATS - you are one of our Featured Bloggers at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this week! :-)

  14. Seems quite fun. :)
    Happy New Year to you.


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