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Wondrous Words Wednesday

An image for the weekly meme 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!

I have more words from ‘The Englishman And The Butterfly’ by Ryan Asmussen, a superb study of human nature and the human psyche and an excellent piece of literary fiction.


Who is in charge here, anyway? Where does this bifurcation of spirit come from?


The act of splitting into two branches.

The place where something divides into two branches


The palimpsest of the blackboard – on which he can just barely make out the remnants of a departed professor’s name and telephone extension.


A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.

An object, place, or area that reflects its history


The Hyatt looming like a ziggurat, scuttles down to meet three impressive towers of a castle whose Lord he has never seen.


A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

A type of rectangular temple tower or tiered mound erected by the Sumerians, Akkadians, and Babylonians in Mesopotamia. The tower of Babel is thought to be one of these.

My last word this week, comes from an article I have just read on the BBC website … The article is called:

Viewpoint: Why do tech neologisms make people angry? Not having any idea what this piece might be about, my word is ..


In the 16th Century, neologisms “smelling too much of the Latin” – as the poet Richard Willes put it – were frowned upon by many.


A new word, expression, or usage.

The creation or use of new words or senses.

In Theology – A new doctrine or a new interpretation of scripture.

In Psychology – The invention of new words regarded as a symptom of certain psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.

You can click here to read the article in full, it was really interesting.

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  • Great new words Yvonne. I especially like bifurcation and ziggurat. Neologisms is also a new word to me. After reading the article, I think the velocipede in the drawing looks painful! lol What an interesting article that was. In today’s age of text messages, it seems so many get lazy, myself included and use text speech often. What a hoot that Winston Churchill used OMG back in his day 🙂 Thanks for the interesting post today!

    • Hi Naida,

      I really do like the sound of ‘Ziggurat’, it just rolls off the tongue so easily, although I had no idea what it was, especially when used by the author in relation to such a modern building as the ‘Hyatt’ hotel, as the word somehow sounded so old.

      Hubbie and I were only talking over the weekend, about the constant erosion of the English language. He is particularly incensed by the constant and intrusive use of text speak in our everyday lives and was horrified when I showed him exactly how many of these word derivatives have found their way into official dictionary speak. Even whilst agreeing with him wholeheartedly, I did try to point out how language has constantly evolved over the centuries, just imagine if we all spoke Shakespearean language on a daily basis! None of this detracts from the fact that I had no idea what a Neologism was, when confronted with the word in an everyday situation!!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your interesting comments, I always appreciate it.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I am not very keen on the sound of ‘bifurcation’, it sounds like a particularly unpleasant illness, rather than simply the act of something dividing into two!

      The other words were all quite fun to find out about and there are certainly some good ones to drop into a conversation, given the opportunity.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I don’t think that I would use ‘palimpsest’ as defined in the first instance defined. However to drop it into the conversation, when referring to an object, place or area which reflects its history, should be quite easy and fun to do!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

  • Great words today. I’ve had to look up palimpsest so many times the meaning has finally stuck with me. I’ve never used it, though, partly because I’m not sure how to pronounce it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Tracy, who commented above as ‘Petty Witter’, seems to think that ‘palimpsest’ glides easily off the tongue, but I think that it is so easy to miss letters out of this word and thus mispronounce it.

      I did check to see if there were any issues with mispronouncing the word and was pleased to see that there doesn’t appear to be any other word like palimpsest out there, to get confused with. I did however discover that there is actually a company called Palimpsest, who are a UK based book production company, so I am not likely to forget the meaning of the word in the future… I am so pleased to hear that I am not the only one who has issues remembering the definitions of words!! LOL


      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting WWW each week.

  • Awesome words! I think I used palimpsest in a past WWW post, it’s a great word. And I have ziggurat scheduled for a future post. Great minds… 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      Great minds indeed!

      I suppose that it is inevitable that there will be some duplication of words in a meme such as this, especially when not everyone posts regularly every week. Fortunately, my powers of retention are not what they were, so seeing the same word in writing a couple of times, means it has more chance of sticking in the memory eventually!!

      I liked the word ‘Ziggurat’ as soon as I saw it written down, although I would never have guessed what it meant in a million years, especially when it was used in the same sentence as the Hyatt hotel. You should still post the word again, as you will probably have another completely different usage of the word in your reading example and I for one would be interested in reading it.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your reading.

  • What I like about the sound of ‘palimpsest’ is that it suggests the glimpse you get of all the underlying text that wasn’t completely erased. It could be a great word in a mystery, to refer to a clue found in a museum or in the attic of an old house.

    • Hi HKatz,

      What a great idea! Using both the technique of a glimpse of underlying text and using the word palimpsest in the narrative, rather than describing the technique, would completely fox and add to the intrigue for the majority of readers.

      Palimpsest was probably not a necessary word to describe the scenario in the book it was extracted from, however ‘The Englishman And The Butterfly’ is such an intense piece of literary fiction, that it does actually work quite well in the context and tone of the rest of the narrative.

      I haven’t got to grips with formulating a review for this book yet, as it is going to be one of the most difficult I have written and almost impossible to do justice to, without the literary know-how and expressive skills which the author so obviously has.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and add your thoughts to the post discussion, it is always very much appreciated.

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