1. – First up this time is another great contribution to my on-going learning, as supplied by the lovely Tracy, over at ‘Pen and Paper’. The phrase was included in one of the ‘memorable moments’ she shared from her review of, ‘An Object Of Beauty’ by Steve Martin.
Kip Stringer couldn’t resist: “The sink is evocative of cleaning, but the fact it is on a wall, without plumbing, not functioning, creates cognitive dissonance. It embars the viewer from the action it implies.”
Cognitive Dissonance – Refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance
2. – In a roundabout kind of way, my next word came from another Wondrous Words Wednesday post. The lovely Mary Ann over at ‘Tribute Books Mama’, shared her word ‘alewife’, but also shared another new to me word, in her subsequent definition ..
Alewives- is an anadromous species of herring found in North America. It is one of the “typical” North American shads.
Anadromous – An anadromous fish, born in fresh water, spends most of its life in the sea and returns to fresh water to spawn. A catadromous fish does the opposite, lives in fresh water and enters salt water to spawn
3. – My final word(s) this week came from the strangest of sources, a senior nurse at my local surgery. Anyone who has got to know me over the last few years, will be able to tell you that I suffer from extreme Latrophobia and Nosocomephobia, so plucking up the courage to have even the most minor of procedures, is a massive event … Anyway, these dozen or so Pedunculated skin lesions needed to be removed – at least they did when the word had been explained to me fully!!
Latrophobia – Is defined as the morbid and irrational fear of doctors
Nosocomephobia – Is defined as the extreme fear of hospitals.
Pedunculated – A peduncle is an elongated stalk of tissue. Sessility is the state of not having a peduncle; a sessile mass or structure lacks a stalk. In medicine, a mass such as a cyst or polyp is said to be pedunculated if it is supported by a peduncle.
… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy, over at ‘BermudaOnion’s Weblog’.You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.
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