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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 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.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!

My first couple of words this week, once again come from the pen of author Grace Elliot, with her latest historical fiction novel, ‘Hope’s Betrayal’.

Given Grace’s ‘day job’ as a vet, there is usually at least one technical word in her books, which is sure to flummox the unsuspecting reader and ‘Hope’s Betrayal’, is no exception!


The muscle fasciculations beneath his palm stopped and then Nero, as if deciding there was nothing to worry about after all, started nuzzling at his hay rack

FasciculationA small local involuntary muscular contraction visible under the skin, representing spontaneous discharge of fibers innervated by a single motor nerve filament.


Dressed in a nankeen walking dress with matching pelisse, Hope followed their regular route.

Nankeen … A durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish colour.

PelisseA long cloak or outer robe, usually of fur or with a fur lining.

                    A woman’s loose light cloak, often with openings for the arms.


I found this great word in an interview which Gilion@Rose City Reader, conducted with new author Lenhardt Stevens, where they were discussing Len’s debut novel, ‘The Hapless Valet’. This is an extract from one of Len’s replies to a question …


The city has established its bona fides as a muse for writers and artists. Poets, film directors, musicians, song writers, and chefs thrive on the city’s zeitgeist.

Zeitgeist(Historical Terms) the spirit, attitude, or general outlook of a specific time or period, especially as it is reflected in literature, philosophy, etc.

I am looking foward to checking out all your new words this week everyone!

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