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Wondrous Words Wednesday … 30/11/2011

‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.

It is hosted by Kathy, over atBermudaOnion’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.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well!!


My book choice from a couple of weeks back, contained so many great words, that I split them into two separate posts, so here are my remaining words from

‘Eulogy’s Secret’ by Grace Elliot


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    Greed, prejudice and a stolen identity…

In the four weeks since her guardian’s death, Eulogy Foster has lost everything. She travels to London seeking the help of Lord Lucien Devlin, the estranged brother who doesn’t know she exists. But Lord Devlin turns her away and alone on the streets, Eulogy is attacked, robbed and thrown onto the mercy of a passing stranger.

Jack Huntley – bitter, cynical and betrayed in love -believes women are devious, scheming creatures and not to be trusted. So when one night he saves a naive young woman from rape, little does he suspect how life is about to change. Despite his growing attraction to Miss Foster, Jack has a problem: Eulogy Foster has a secret and he can’t trust her.

As Eulogy learns the haunting story of her mother’s past, she knows she will only marry for true love. Deeply drawn to Jack Huntley, she needs him to confess his love before she shares the secret of her birth. Caught in a deadlock, with neither able to confess their true feelings, events take a sinister turn as it becomes clear someone wants Eulogy Foster dead and will stop at nothing to achieve it.



“Despite a REDINGOTE, fur TIPPET  and gloves, Eulogy shivered and not just from cold.”

REDINGOTE ….From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia …. The redingote is a type of coat that has had several forms over time. The name is derived from a French alteration of the English “riding coat”

The first form of the women’s redingote was in the 18th century, when it was used for travel on horseback. This coat was a bulky, utilitarian garment. It would begin to evolve into a fashionable accessory in the last two decades of the 18th century, when women began wearing a perfectly tailored style of the redingote, which was inspired by men’s fashion of the time. Italian fashion also picked it up (the redingotte), adapting it for more formal occasions.

The men’s redingote was an 18th century or early 19th century long coat or greatcoat, derived from the country garment with a wide, flat collar called a frock In French, redingote is the usual term for a fitted frock coat. The form a men’s redingote took could be of the tightly fitting frock coat style, or the more voluminous, loose “great coat” style, replete with overlapping capes or collars, such as a “garrick” redingote.

TIPPET ….Definition from the Free Dictionary

1. A covering for the shoulders, as of fur, with long ends that hang in front.
2. A long stole worn by members of the Anglican clergy.
3. A long hanging part, as of a sleeve, hood, or cape.
“Fortunately he was skilled and within minutes the shot was extracted, the wound LAVAGED and tissues repaired the best any mortal man could.” 

LAVAGEDDefinition from Dictionary.com
Origin: 1890–95; < French: literally, a washing, equivalent to lav(er) to wash (< Latin lavāre) + -age
noun 1. a washing.

            2. Medicine/Medical.

                 a.cleansing by irrigation or the like.
                 b.the washing out of the stomach.
“The following morning sweat beaded his brow and, calling on Dr. Foster’s knowledge, she DEBRIDED the fresh NECROTIC tissue, applied a clean poultice …”
DEBRIDED … Definition From yourdictionary.com

noun: -Surgery the cutting away of dead or contaminated tissue or foreign material from a wound to prevent infection

NECROTIC … Definition From yourdictionary.com

adjective: – 1. The death or decay of tissue in a particular part of the body, as from loss of blood supply, burning, etc.

                        2. (In Botany) The death of plant tissue, as from disease, frost etc.
I had to smile at those last three, medically biased words …. I guess you can take the author out of the vet, but you can’t take the vet out of the author!
My thoughts about this lovely, evocative book, can be found by clicking here

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  • I love the pic of the woman in tan and white! Such a pretty little figurine. Lavage is new to me, I knew Debrided . Not pleasant…. yuck!
    did not post this week but am enjoying visiting those who did! Have a great rest of the week

    • Hi Peggy,

      ‘Lavage’ is a word that I could probably have guessed the meaning of, from thinking back to my schoolday French lessons, however ‘debrided’ and ‘nectrotic’ both had me stumped completely.

      I am not even going to ask how you knew about ‘debrided’, it just sounds too awful for words.

      I find that I don’t contribute to memes regularly every week if I don’t have something worthwhile to say, but I still like to visit other sites and comment on their posts, that’s all part of the fun.

      Thanks for choosing to stop by this week, I appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Vicki,

      I love to learn new words and information, I only wish that a bit more of it would stick in the memory cells, so that I could remember actually having learnt it!

      English has always been one of my favourite subjects, although I was always accused of writing ten words when one would have been enough …. nothing has changed there then!!!

      Thanks for visiting, I always like to receive your comments

    • Hi Kathy,

      Same thoughts here about ‘Lavaged’ and the school French lessons!

      Actually, I am amazed at just how many English words originate from the French language.

      Even more surprising was the fact that the French then borrow some of the words back, change them again and turn out the new word as French ….. It all sounds too complicated for me.

      Have a great week.

  • The only word out of those that I’ve heard of before is Tippet and I can’t think where I’ve heard of it… possibly in one of Mary Hooper’s YA historical fiction books, maybe.

    • Hi Nikki,

      Mary Hooper is not an author that I have come across before, but then I don’t tend to read a lot of YA novels, although the invisible line between YA and adult fiction seems to be becoming more blurred as time goes by. I wouldn’t be tempted by all of her books , however the ‘At The House Of The Magician’ series looks quite good and worth bearing in mind, so thanks for the recommendation.

      ‘Tippet’ is a word that I have come across on several occasions previously, although whilst I may have had a vague idea as to its meaning, I have never bothered to actually look it up before.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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