Word Up, YO!

I’ve teamed up with Liz over at a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog and Kristin at Taming Insanity, because yes, we are geeks, and we love words. Hence, our self proclaimed title: The Nerd Mafia.

Mommy of a Monster

I know – it’s cute, right?! So what is Word Up, YO! exactly? Well, it’s a word game…we give you a word of the week (WOW!), and you work it into one (or more if you’re adventurous!) of your posts during the week. But these aren’t ordinary words you’d use in everyday conversation, so you’ll have to get creative! Once you use the word, you slap the badge on your post, and come over and link up on one of our blogs!

• Use the Word of the Week (WOW!) in a post as many times as you legitimately can
• Use the WOW! correctly in your post, we’ve included a definition to guide you on this journey
• Include the Word Up, Yo! button somewhere in your post
• Write a post with the WOW! and link it up anytime during the week the linky is open (Sunday-Friday)
• Link up below to your relevant post, not your blog home page please

That’s it! No mandatory follows, no mandatory comments. Visit as many other linked blogs as you can.

At the end of the week, the Nerd Mafia will decide on a “winning” post. We’ll feature the winning posts with the new word. A new Word of the Week and featured post will be published every Sunday.

So what’s the first WOW! word that we’re using? Here it is…along with a definition from dictionary.com:

1. the esophagus.
2. the throat or pharynx.
3. a channel for water.
4. a gully or ravine.
5. a preparatory cut in an excavation.
6. a concavity between two sawteeth, joining them at their bases.

–verb (used with object)
7. to form a concavity at the base of (a sawtooth).

And so it goes…


  1. mommybyday.com says:
    I had "wow" in today's post COMPLETELY by fluke. But I'm FAR too lazy to add a button. =)
  2. Hello! I'm Kate. says:
    Okay--I'm going to think about this & see if I can do something with it! Such a great idea!
  3. Yenta Mary says:
    I love it, my fellow Word Nerd! Got a post ready for Wednesday that will work ... :)

  4. As a fellow word lover, this is a great idea and I'm always up for a challenge. :)

    Happy Sunday to you.
  5. NanaDiana says:
    Oh....I SOOO love words...Do you think if I added a te to the end of gullet (ie. gullette) it would work for a female pigeon? You know- gull (sea bird)- gullette- female sea bird? Huh-whaddaya think? I actually think I slipped that past my kids in Scrabble one time. I know-sad, isn't it?
  6. Very cute idea! :)
  7. WTH am I Doing? says:
    OMG - I *love* this idea. :) I actually have a little journal thing I carry around with me to write down new words when I find them. :)
  8. Ms. Understood says:
    I love non-traditional words. I'll try to join in.
  9. Sluiter Nation says:
    what a great idea! As a HS English teacher, I must say this is grand! You KNOW I will be participating! And gullet...what a GREAT first word! :)
  10. This is fantastic! I'm definitely going to play!
  11. Aaaaaaaaaand, we're OFF! :) Go Nerd Mafia!
  12. You are going to learn what a procastinator I am becaues I seriously need to know what time zone this is due.
  13. Oh my goodness. Too much fun!
  14. I just read Liz at her place and this idea sounds like fun. Still trying to figure out if there is time to squeeze it in.
  15. Wait... I think there needs to be a nerd mafia button! Can I join?!
  16. roxanesdays says:
    Oh, I love it so much! I can't wait to hop on board this nerd train. This'll be fun. YAY!
  17. Oh boy! This would require my to be creative! I don't know if I will join in this week but you bet I will sit back, blog hop & probaboy LMAO! ;)
  18. Cori Benson says:
    What a tough first word!! I'll definitely have to think on this one! Can't wait to play along!!
  19. thinking thinking.
  20. Pumpkin and Piglet says:
    I just read this at Liz's and it looks like fun! Well done to all 3 of you for the idea. I'm having a think to see what I can come up with!
  21. Aging Mommy says:
    Hi Natalie - sounds like a fun idea for a new link-up! I won't be joining this week for sure as my Dad is flying over so I will be taking a bit of a break while he is here, posting less, visiting less too and I've for once tried to plan ahead so I won't be working on new posts while he is here. But I look forward to seeing the next topic!
  22. The Urban Cowboy says:
    Interesting theme...sounds like fun.
  23. I'm so excited...and I just can't hide it.

    Off to pour some soda down my gullet.
  24. Big Mama Cass says:
    I am going to try to figure out how to fit that one in this week :)
  25. Ha! I love it. What a great idea. I am already figuring out how to work the word into a post as I type this.
  26. Funky Mama Bird says:
    I love this idea. I will be totally getting in to it as soon as I wrap my brain around the fact that I am parenting a TODDLER now. Eek!
  27. Really fun and super idea here! But I'm a little "nervous!!!!" I don't know if I can do it!! I'm going to try! I think I can. I think I can. I think I can . . .
  28. bigfatmama says:
    Fun idea! I like your new look to your blog too!
  29. Ah, I got a big ole' lump in my gullet as I read this!! I love words!!
  30. forty-something chick says:
    Word Nerds....I love words! I will try and participate, sounds like fun!

    Maybe an acrostic or a Haiku.....JK..
  31. Cori Benson says:
    Got my first post up....surprisingly an idea popped right into my head...perfect timing! thought for sure this would be impossible!
  32. Great idea! Wow! I must check out Cori Benson's post. See, you got me intrigued...
  33. how fun...except i haven't been able to get the word 'gullet' out of my head since i read this :)
  34. Adoption of Jane says:
    Okay I'm gonna try this tomorrow... you said in a post Sun-Friday right?
  35. WTH am I Doing? says:
    Got my WoW blog posted! Blogger wouldn't cooperate with the button, tho. I tried a couple of different ways & it just refused to play nicely.
  36. This. Is. FABULOUS! I'm a fellow wordie myself! I'm going to be following along - absolutely! I love - LOVE - your blog.
  37. Oh! It's like English class again, but for grown ups! Kinda busy this week, but looking forward to next week's word. When will that be?



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