Wondrous Words Wednesday - Alacrity


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!

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


I’m currently reading cosy cat-centric crime novel The Cat and The Corpse in the Old Barn and the word that stuck out was ALACRITY!

Can I use it in a sentence?  Let’s see, I’d totally forgotten to get this post read so I typed it up with alacrity?!

Definition of ALACRITY (Collins Dictionary)

British English Definition:

liveliness or briskness

American English Definition: 

eager willingness or readiness, often manifested by quick, lively action



14 comments

  1. Alacrity is a bright little word, isn't it? I tend to do things with the-opposite-of-alacrity (and what would be a good word for that?) Like Mister Rogers. Slowly and carefully. I have great admiration for those who work with alacrity.

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    1. It is a bright word, I think I’m somewhere in between depending on time of day!

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  2. Alacrity is a cat word! Short, nice and speaking it's mind. You just have to read the word to know it's something positive!

    I appreciate your alacrity with this post so much! Do you think that's right??

    I am very interested in your book that you got it from. Will see if I can get it!

    Have a good week Heather, I am out of town until Sunday. If I don't speak to you before then, will chat next week.

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    1. I think you’d enjoy it, there is definitely lots of cat action along with the cosy crime and lovely countryside! It’s not a word I think I’d use on a regular basis but I can pull it out when needed!

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  3. Hi Heather,

    It is good to e-meet you and share our WWW posts :)

    I am not too much of an animal person, especially cats, however I do enjoy a good cozy mystery, and I am liking the sound of this start to a new series.

    Alacrity is a great word and I'm afraid it sums me up completely. I can't relax and sit still for more than two minutes, if there is something to be done I have to get on with it there and then, not stopping until I have finished what I started.

    Thanks for sharing and Stay Safe :)

    Yvonne xx

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    1. I’m more of a dog person to be honest , cats I think are always plotting but I do find them adorable! This was a great cosy mystery and hopefully there will be more books to come.

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  4. It's the same in French, "alacrité" ^^

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    1. Ah! Tres bien! So many words we use in English seem to originate from French.

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  5. That is a great word! And I'm curious about the book too.

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