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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 am becoming worried about the increasing number of words I am coming across, that I am completely unaware of and have no idea of their definition … I had always assumed that I was reasonably intelligent, but now I am beginning to wonder!

1. My first word this week, I came across in a news article on the BBC. One of our most ‘marmite’ (you either love him, or you hate him) news broadcasters, Jeremy Paxman, has recently appeared sporting a brand new beard, which it seems he is thinking of keeping, causing outrage amongst the viewers and on the social media networks, for some unknown reason!… Looking at my ‘pogono’ list, I never knew that this whole beard scenario was so complicated!!

Image of Jeremy Paxman


Pogonophobia … Why are some people hostile to beards in the workplace?


Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. The origin of the word pogono is Greek (meaning beard) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).

pogoniasis – An excessive growth of beard. The development of a beard by a woman.
pogonology – A treatise on beards.
pogonophile – An admirer of beards; a student of beards.
pogonophobia – An abnormal fear or dislike of beards.
pogonotomy – The cutting of beards.
pogonotrophy – The cultivation of beards, beard-growing.
2. My next word comes from an interview that one of my review request authors, Christopher Meeks, gave to ‘Kirkus Reviews’
When my very first review for my first book, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea, appeared in the Los Angeles Times in January 2006, I spit the cereal I was eating all over the table. My heart began racing. I assumed I’d be excoriated in front of millions of people as had happened with my first produced play, Suburban Anger. But no, the reviewer provided clear insights, and she celebrated the book.
Censure or criticize severely
Damage or remove part of the surface of (the skin).
3. I have to thank the ‘good old’ BBC for my next word as well. This article received only  a small one-line link in the side-bar, however it piqued my interest as I find myself increasingly guilty of this offence and gave me this excellent new word for my condition, which I never knew existed!
Image Of An Exclamation MarkBANGORRHEA
Many of those “suffering” from bangorrhea would argue that exclamation marks are an attempt to achieve lightness of tone or emotional emphasis.
The overuse of exclamation points.
Urban Dictionary goes a step further by calling bangorrhea a “grammedical” condition.

Looking forward to checking out all your great new words. (Ooops, nearly gave in to the urge for the dreaded exclamation point again, everything looks kind of naked without it)

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