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Austenland: Wondrous Words Wednesday #book2movies

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onions Weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.
Wow! Another week gone by already. Participating in a couple of weekly memes really makes one aware of the passage of time. Kind of like laundry it's "didn't we just do this?"  Except Wondrous Words Wednesday is a whole lot more fun than Laundry Monday! Especially since I'm content with a Wondrous Word of the Week - as opposed to three. Yes, I'm rationalizing my laziness!

This weeks "wondrous" word comes from Austenland by Shannon Hale. It's not a difficult word, and somewhere in the recesses of my mind I'm sure I already knew it and have seen it used. Nonetheless I think it's one of those underused words that needs more airtime.

In Austenland, Mr Nobley (the Mr. Darcy character) tells Jane "You are very good at nettling me, Miss Erstwhile"   I knew from the context that the word must mean something along the lines of annoy; I like that it's derived from the 'stinging' nettle plant. And I love that 'vex' is used as part of the definition. When was the last time you used vex in a sentence?
1. Any of numerous plants of the genus Urtica, having toothed leaves, unisexual apetalous flowers, and stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact.
2. Any of various hairy, stinging, or prickly plants.  tr.v. net·tled, net·tling, net·tles
1. To sting with or as if with a nettle.
2. To irritate; vex.


  1. One word is perfectly fine if that's what you found last week! I knew nettle as the plant but didn't know it to irritate someone. That's a word I can easily use!

  2. I think I've already seen nettle as well, but I couldn't have said what it meant.
    Also, I don't know why but your link on the roundup post is wrong, with a dot instead of a dash, and it's not the first time: don't know why that is, but I thought I'd mention it, in case you want to correct.

  3. The woods behind our house were full of nettles when I was a teenager. they REALLY sting! I did not do WWW this week cause I have a book tour thingy up on the ol' blog. (If you get a chance, leave a comment cause you could win $100 just for commenting...). AND, I am working on my script(!) I have 9 pages written. It is a slightly ridiculous comedy that will appeal to uneducated people in the 14 to 22 year old age bracket :)

  4. I haven't seen this usage of nettle before, it does make sense. And yes it has been too long between vexations!


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