Wondrous Words Wednesday - Aphelion

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme created by the Bermuda Onion Blog and now hosted at Elza Reads where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love!


This is my first attempt at this! 

The word that has caught my eye this week is......


I’m currently reading The Last Policeman by Ben Winters and its a book about the end of the world, cheery I know.  The end is going to be caused by an asteroid (or is it a meteor, I get the two mixed up) and during the book they talk about the APHELION of the object.   

I don’t know if I could use it in a sentence but it’s certainly new to me!

Definition of APHELION (Collins Dictionary)

British English Definition:
the point in its orbit when a planet or comet is at its greatest distance from the sun


American English Definition: 
the point in the orbit of a planet or a comet at which it is farthest from the sun




24 comments

  1. I love this idea, and bonus, this book is on my TBR😁

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    1. I’m on the last book of the series now and I’m really enjoying it.

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  2. Love this feature! I write new-found words on my journal regularly. So I might join in the fun. :)

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  3. I don't think I really care what it means. It's just such a lovely word. Sounds so nice and fancy. Almost like a Greek Goddess.
    Your book has me interested, going to take a look now.

    Aaah, I appreciate your participation so much!! You did me very proud yes.

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    1. The book is very good! I’m really enjoying taking part and looking for words!

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  4. The Last Policeman is a great series. Read the lot! Lots of deep thoughts on what life means and what would you do if you knew the end was nigh and there was nothing you could do about it?

    Lovely word. I should participate from time to time. I'll be more aware of those words that stand out for me.

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    1. I’m on the last book now, you are right, it makes you think.

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  5. Whew! That's a beautiful word. I think I have run across it before, but I'm not sure I ever really knew what it meant.

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  6. Nice pick! I can just imagine how many sci-fi books must be taking off from this one! I try to study astrology sometimes (though not an expert by any means!), and aphelion comes up there too -- usually a point of intense cosmic activity.
    ~ Lexlingua (lexlingua.co)

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    1. Thanks Lex, it was interesting to learn exactly what it meant!

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  7. I used to do something like this on my blog. I called it Word of the Day. I kept a notebook of new words I came across. Must have gotten lazy. LOL.

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    1. It’s nice to learn something new every day, keeps us young!

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  8. I don't think I've ever come across this word. Thanks for broadening my vocabulary!

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  9. Such a great idea for a meme! I will have to start collecting new words so I can play too!

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  10. Oh, this is fun!! Love learning new words. <3

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  11. I see this is your first week. I was going to take part this week but hadn't saved a word to use (doh). Anyway, I do have something saved now for next week so see you then.
    Lynn :D

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