Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 14, 2013

Rescue Word of the Week #2 – 2013: Wholesome

The rescue word of the week is wholesome.

Please help save this word from the endangered-word list by adopting it and using it in your thoughts, your speech, your writing, and your deeds.

What does this word mean to you?

My two cents (but please share yours):

Wholesome is an old-fashioned word, complimentary and gentle, but it should not be allowed to fade from our daily lives.


  1. Something good. Safe for children and grandchildren. Something to practice.

    • I absolutely agree, Gerri! Children should be nurtured in a wholesome world. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Absolutely agree. It conveys warmth and family.

    • Thank you again, Rhonda. Stay cool in this summer heat. Cheers, Ashley

  3. I actually use it a fair bit. Though not so much as “homey”. For me it evokes feelings of completeness, of being comfortably finished and good in the eyes of the Divine.

    • Homey is a great word, Eden! And I like your “completeness” angle. Cheers, Ashley

  4. You’re right. How often do you use this word in describing anyone? Never.

    • Unfortunately, not many folks ever use this word, Patti. I picked it up as a child, because my grandmother used it often to describe good activities. Cheers, Ashley

  5. This word makes me think of healthy foods. I believe there’s an ad about some food (Maybe Campbell’s soup) that talks about “wholesome goodness.”

    • I think you’re right about that, Jolyse. And as a major foodie, I always love a food angle. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

  6. I only use ‘wholesome’ applied to food, meaning that it has good nutrition in it. When applied to people, which I never do but my parent’s did, they meant clean-cut, physically healthy, and a positive attitude.

    • Hi, Are you Lorian? I’m really enjoying your blog postings. I’ve seen both uses for wholesome, but I think the most common use is for g-rated activities like riding a bicycle. Cheers, Ashley

      • Yes Ashley – This is Lorian. I like the g-rated thing – that works. Glad you are enjoying the blogs.

      • Hi Lorian! Cheers, Ashley

  7. Maybe we don’t use it much anymore because the world is so full of unwholesome people and activities.

    • You may be right about that, David, and that’s a good reason for not letting go of this word. Cheers, Ashley

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