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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 words this time, are taken from the author biography of a new book I have been asked to read, ‘And The Soft Wind Blows’ by Lance Umenhofer … The storyline itself sounds completely surreal and unlike anything I have read before and although I am, on occasion, a lover of poetry, I must admit to not knowing the individual elements of poetry style …


‘And the Soft Wind Blows’ is written in what Lance Umenhofer refers to as: “Poetic Fiction,” which combines elements of poetry into a prose narrative. He uses : anaphora, rhyme, slant rhyme, alliteration, repetition, among other poetic attributes.


The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills” (Winston S. Churchill).

The use of a linguistic unit, such as a pronoun, to refer back to another unit; for example the use of her to refer to Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt.


The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables, as in “on scrolls of silver snowy sentences”. Modern alliteration is predominantly consonantal; certain literary traditions, such as Old English verse, also alliterate using vowel sounds.


Use of words that do not rhyme exactly but have a similar sound.

A partial or imperfect rhyme, often using assonance or consonance only, as in dry and died or grown and moon. Also called half rhyme, near rhyme, oblique rhyme, off rhyme.

My next couple of words come from ‘Kiss Of The Butterfly’, by James Lyon, a book which I recently finished and which has provided several words for WWW over the last few weeks.


“You sound like a gnostic or a bogomil,” Steven said


Of, relating to, or possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge.

Of or relating to Gnosticism (The doctrines of certain pre-Christian pagan, Jewish, and early Christian sects that valued the revealed knowledge of God and of the origin and end of the human race as a means to attain redemption for the spiritual element in humans and that distinguished the Demiurge from the unknowable Divine Being.)


was a member of a heretical sect that originated in Bulgaria in the tenth century. The sect was evidently named after its founder, the priest Bogomil.

Bogomilism was dualistic in nature — that is, its followers believed that both good and evil forces created the universe. Bogomils believed that the material world was created by the devil, and they therefore condemned all activities that brought mankind into close contact with matter, including eating meat, drinking wine, and marriage. Bogomils were noted and even praised by their enemies for their austerity, but their rejection of the entire organization of the Orthodox Church made them heretics, and they were therefore sought out for conversion and, in some cases, persecution.

Well, I seem to have gone very ‘highbrow’ with my words this week. I am not sure when I would ever get to use any of them at a conversational level, or even whether I shall ever remember them for very long, however I am always curious to know just exacty what it is I am reading about.

I am looking forward to checking out everyone else’s words of the week.


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  • I’d heard of ‘alliteration’ but would have been hard put to explain it. Very interested to hear the explantion for anaphora, I had no idea that kind of writing had a proper name. How fascinating. Bogomil is the most interesting though, sounds like something from a gothic or historical novel, not something that actually existed. Wonderful.

    • Hi Cath,

      All three of those poetic terms are fantastic, although just how long they will stick in my poor little brain, is anyone’s guess! As well as the book which I have for review, Lance has also written some beautiful poetry. I don’t profess to be much of a critic, however I do like my poetry to be quite short in length, whilst still capturing the essence and feeling of the piece and Lance therefore appeals to my personal taste in verse.

      Bogomil is actually a term used in ‘Kiss Of The Butterfly’, which has vampires very much at its core, although definitely couched in some excellent historical facts and details about the Bosnian conflict. My review of the book should be out very soon, but you can read more about it here, if you are interested.


      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  • looking forward to reading your thoughts on And The Soft Wind Blow which was one of my surprise reads of this year in that not knowing what to expect I found myself really enjoying it.

    Some great words this week, I’ve always loved Gnostic as it sounds lovely when you say it.

    • Hi Tracy,

      ‘And The Soft Wind Blows’, is still some way down my reading list and I came across the words this week, after only reading the author biography!

      Receiving the review request for this book was also quite a surprise for me and I hope that, like yourself, I enjoy it. How did you cope with the ‘joined up words’ which I noticed in the synopsis?

      Did you check out any of Lance’s poetry? I was really impressed and moved by some of the verse.

      Whenever I read the word ‘gnostic’, I keep thinking of and wanting to substitute it for ‘agnostic’, which of course means something totally different!

      I know I keep promising you the review of ‘Kiss Of the Butterfly’, but it is coming. So if you like the sound of just those couple of words … watch this space … because there are plenty more where they came from, together with a fantastic story!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment today, I always appreciate your visits.

  • Of all those words, the only one I knew is alliteration. I know I’ve seen gnostic before but I couldn’t define it. I love the sound of Bogomil and wish it were a word I might be able to use.

    • Hi Kath,

      They are some very ‘highbrow’ and scholarly words this week and to be honest with you, I am not sure when I would ever use any of them, or even go anywhere to drop any of them into a conversation.

      I really do enjoy improving my vocabulary in this fun way though and I am totally amazed at the amount of words out there, which I didn’t even know existed!

      Thanks for hosting and allowing us to share our words each week.

  • Interesting words Yvonne! And the Soft Wind Blows sounds like an interesting book as I do enjoy lyrical verse. I’ve never heard of Bogomilism before. What a strange word.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and inquiring about Diego 🙂 I got the lab tests this week and he is fine. I posted an update today. Enjoy your weekend!

    • Hi Naida,

      I did think about you when I was reading the author profile and synopsis for this book.

      Even more so, now that I am preparing for publication, a guest post which Lance has kindly written, highlighting his love of poetry, which I know that you also enjoy. There are some excellent examples of Lance’s work over on his website and I found the entire guest post very thoughtful and thought provoking, so I hope that you can stop by when it is published.

      Great news about Diego, the waiting game for test results is always the worst time, isn’t it?

      Thanks for taking time to stop by and comment, you know that it is always appreciated.

  • When I started reading through the words, I thought to myself ‘I know these!’ and it was a little vocab triumph for me.

    Then I got to Bogomil 🙂

    I enjoyed learning about that one. If they condemned marriage though, did adults simply join them the way one might a monastery or a convent? (rather than giving birth to and raising kids in the Bogomilism tradition).

    • When I visit a blogger who has taken part in this meme and I find myself working my way down their list of words, thinking “I know that one … and that one”, I totally agree that there is that moment of triumph, joy and of just that glimmer of hope that I may be slightly more intelligent than I thought!

      That is however, something of a rare occurrence, to be relished and enoyed and certainly wouldn’t have happened to me this week, if these words had been on someone else’s page!

      I have checked out several sites where Bogomilism is discussed and still admit to total defeat and confusion about the sect. I understand their concept of the duality of the world and of the eternal struggle between good and evil principles, however their total rejection of marriage and the ordinary people, baffles me. Did they take the children of the ordinary people and covert them, as you suggest, to followers of the faith, or did the Bogomil just appear on the Earth from nowhere, to continue the order?

      Perhaps that is a question for James Lyon, the book’s author, as he is also a Historian of some repute and has meticulously researched the material for this excellent story, which is an excellent mix of fact and fiction.

      Thanks for your most interesting observations and for taking the time to stop by and comment, I always appreciate your visits.

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