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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!

The first new to me word this week, comes from mystery/suspense story ‘Sea Of Regret’, the second of a whole raft of books gifted to me by their author, Carolyn Rose.

OBSIDIAN

Spinning her chair about and peering through the window on the far side of the living room, she spotted a car, long and wide, glinting in the sunlight like obsidian.

OBSIDIAN …

A usually black or banded, hard volcanic glass that displays shiny, curved surfaces when fractured and is formed by rapid cooling of lava.

My next word, I came across in ‘Bohemia‘, a coming of age story, set very firmly in the ‘swinging sixties’ and written by Veronika Carnaby.

NUMINOUS

What entranced me most about him was his originality, the way he bent the meaning of words to his own liking and spoke in the most numinous of ways.

NUMINOUS …

Of or relating to a numen; supernatural.

Filled with or characterized by a sense of a supernatural presence: a numinous place.

Spiritually elevated; sublime

Photograph of author Layton Green

I came across this word when preparing to publish a post to introduce ‘The Diabolist’ by Layton Green, the latest book from an author I have worked with several times over the last few years. I visited Layton’s site, just to see what was happening and came across a whole new page which he is soon to launch, the title of which had me completely intrigued…

LAGNIAPPE

This is my lagniappe page, where I post photos from my travels and dish on everything from the best coffee bar in Colombia (I’ll let you know soon) to the most haunted pub in York (the Golden Fleece, ‘natch). The page is just getting started so stay tuned.

LAGNIAPPE …

The word entered English from the Louisiana French, adapting a Quechua word brought in to New Orleans by the Spanish Creoles. A lagniappe is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase , or more broadly, “something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure.” The use of the word today, is largely confined to the more Southern States of the USA.

My last word this week, comes from  ‘Gifts Of the Peramangk’ by Dean Mayes. Whilst I was able to deduce what I assumed to be the meaning of the word from its similarity to another more widely used word, I hadn’t come across this particular way of expressing  the sentiment before and was keen to know the exact definition.

SIMULACRUM

Completing the simulacrum was the disused handle of a feather duster, which Ruby now used as her bow.

SIMULACRUM …

Any image or representation of something

A slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.

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

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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