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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!

My first couple of words this week, come from ‘Kiss Of The Butterfly’ by James Lyon


…. are based on authentic descriptions from genuine Balkan folklore recorded by ethnographers in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries …


Someone who works in the branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures and individual human societies.


… and declared that anyone who investigated vampires was to be anathematized and turned over to the Austrian Imperial Court authorities.


A formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication.

A vehement denunciation; a curse.

One that is cursed or damned.

One that is greatly reviled, loathed, or shunned.


To proclaim an anathema on; curse.

This word, I came across during research for a post discussing one of my other passions, after reading of course … jigsaw puzzles!



The collection and study of postcards.


I can confidently say, that as well as being an avid knitter, crocheter and bibliophile, I am also something of a dissectologist.

The BCD, or Benevolent Confraternity of Dissectologists to give it it’s expanded title, is a subscription-based club for followers of Jigsaw Puzzles, whether for pure enjoyment or from a more research-based interest. Based in the United Kingdom, but with a Worldwide membership, the club was founded in 1985 when a small group of jig-saw puzzle enthusiasts met for a most enjoyable evening, assembling puzzles together and sharing information about them. As a result, they decided to create a club for like-minded enthusiasts, calling themselves “Dissectologists” after John Spilsbury, who invented the original puzzles in England in the 1760’s, called them “Dissected Maps”.


A person who enjoys jigsaw puzzle assembly.

I am looking forward to reading all about the new words you have discovered this week

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    • Hi Nikki,

      I had to laugh when I came across ‘dissectologist’, it sounds like a word used in pathology, rather than such a benign hobby as making up jigsaw puzzles. Either that, or it makes me sound like some kind of mass murderer … mind you, that’s how I feel if I am really struggling to find a particular piece of the jigsaw!!

      Thanks for stopping by, hope that the sun is shining where you are, it is a lovely day here.

  • Wow, those words are all mouthfuls! I could figure out the roots of some of them, but others are totally new to me. I knew people collected postcards but never knew anyone studied them.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Deltiology was a new one on me too!

      Apparently though, you do have an Institute of American Deltiology, in Myerstown, Pennsylvania … where they house a collection of over one million postcards!


      Worldwide deltiology is the third most popular hobby, after philately (stamp collecting) and numismatics (coin collecting).

      Makes my dissectology hobby sound positively exciting, doesn’t it? LOL

      Thanks for stopping by and for being such a great host.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I do hope that you don’t try using all these words in the same sentence … that could be quite interesting!!

      “The ethnographer studied with interest the information which was logged and recorded by the deltiologist, however he anathematized the dissectologist, for having little or nothing of interest to report”

      I’m not sure just how to drop this little lot into a general conversation, but it sounds impressive!!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I actually quite like coming across words that I don’t know the meaning of, when I am reading a book.

      The intrigue of trying to guess the definition, before giving in and having to look it up, is challenging.

      I also like to think that I am improving my intellect in some small way, although whether I would ever remember a word if I came across it again, is another matter entirely!!

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

    • Hi Suko,

      As you have probably gathered, as well as reading, I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles and just recently I have started posting about them on the odd occasion.

      The last jigsaw I wrote about, happened to be one which depicted images of seaside postcards and it set me thinking as to whether there was actually a word to describe someone who does jigsaw puzzles.

      It was as I was researching, that I came across dissectology and deltiology and the opportunity was just too good to miss including them in WWW!

      So now I am officially a dissectologist … well, at least it sounds important!

      I appreciate the comments, thanks for stopping by.

  • I never knew that I was an amateur deltiologist and a dissectologist!
    I knew the first 2 words, but only in a vague sense of their meanings – so thanks for clearing them up for me.

    • Hi Brona,

      It is so good to meet a fellow dissectologist.

      There are one or two of us out there in the blogosphere and occasionally you will be able to see us publishing the odd post, or conducting a clandestine conversation, about a hobby which non-believers consider to be boring, isolationist and even a waste of time!

      I have moved on from the traditional ‘chocolate box’ images of quaint country cottages and these days prefer the multi image memorabilia and advertising jigsaws.

      Thanks for stopping by, your interesting comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Naida,

      A dissectologist who makes great palaschinkes, now you’re really talking my language!!!

      Anathematized is one of those words that you need to say very carefully, or it could come out meaning something entirely different! It is just too close to anesthetized for my liking.

      Thanks for taking time out of your week to stop by, I hope that all is well with you.

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