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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!

1. My first word this week, I came across in this article published by Natalie Zutter, over at www.bookish.com

What Is ‘New Adult?’ – Romance Editors And Authors Tell All

One such book, featured in this fast growing genre was ‘If You Stay’ by Courtney Cole


Now that major publishers are releasing New Adult novels, many more contemporary romance authors are trying their hand at this liminal genre. What’ll you get when reading New Adult? Bookish spoke with top editors and authors to pinpoint New Adult’s key characteristics.


Of, or relating to a sensory threshold

Barely perceptible

Of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition :  in-between, transitional “in the liminal state between life and death”


2. My second word comes from a fellow blogger’s post, in the great weekly meme ‘Book Beginnings’, hosted by Gilion over at ‘Rose City Reader’. The blogger in question is Jo over at ‘Mixed Book Bag’. The word itself comes from the beginning of ‘The Windup Girl’ by Paolo Bacigalupi

Image Of A Mangosteen


“No! I don’t want the mangosteen.” Anderson Lake leans forward, pointing. “I want that one, there………The one with the red skin and the green hairs.”


The purple mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), colloquially known simply as mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in Southeast Asia, and also in tropical South American countries such as Colombia and in the state of Kerala in India, where the tree has been introduced. The tree grows from 6 to 25 m (20–82 ft) tall. The fruit of the mangosteen is sweet and tangy, juicy, and somewhat fibrous, with an inedible, deep reddish-purple colored rind (exocarp) when ripe. In each fruit, the fragrant edible flesh that surrounds each seed is botanically endocarp, i.e., the inner layer of the ovary. 


3. My next word this week, is one that is purely personal to me and is yet another one of my seemingly endless array of ‘phobias’. I had no idea that I was quite so phobic, until I started to consciously think about whether or not there were any recorded words out there, to describe any of my strange idiosyncrasies and my overly fastidious nature…

Image of loose hairs in the sinkTRICHOPHOBIA

I can’t stand people with long hair who have loose hairs hanging when they lean forward or have them on their clothing … Pet hairs are a complete no no! … Hairs anywhere in the bathroom just make me feel physically sick and repulsed … Are you getting the idea!!


Morbid disgust caused by the sight of loose hairs on clothing or elsewhere.


4. My final word this time was brought to mind when I was writing the last entry about my ‘hair phobia’ and I have to admit that I didn’t have to search too hard to come up with a word which describes the phenomenon, although I am still having some difficulty in pronouncing it!!

image of a pile of multi-coloured buttonsdKOUMPONOPHOBIA

A work colleague has an irrational fear of buttons, which as we work all day with clothing which have the offending items, can be quite difficult. She is unable to actually touch them, does not own clothing with button fastenings and is unable to dress her two young sons in clothing with buttons. Luckily, they were both able to dress themselves by the time they needed to wear a school uniform, although laundering clothing with buttons is always a traumatic experience for her!


Koumponophobia is the irrational phobia of buttons. Usually, but not always, it is buttons on clothing. Most people suffering from this strange phobia may feel that they are alone, especially if they are teased by those who do not understand the fear or don’t believe that they are telling the truth about fearing buttons. Those afraid of buttons tend to find that the plastic ones terrify them more than metal (such as ones on jeans) and that four-holed buttons induce more fear than just two. While it is not a well-known phobia, it is a fairly common fear, and those suffering from it are plagued daily.


What new words have you discovered this time … I can’t wait to stop by and check them out!


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  • Just enjoyed a lovely catch up here, sorry I have not felt up to commenting much recently, although I have still called by from time to time. I just had to comment this evening as this post really amused me, a great selection.

    • Hi Linda,

      I have been meaning to call by for some while, however my time available for blog-hopping seems to be diminishing almost daily. I quite often catch your ‘tweets’ and sometimes link up and read a post, even though I may not always comment.

      It is good to have you stop by, even if you don’t feel like becoming involved in a lengthy conversation … at least I know that you are okay.

      I don’t take part in WWW every week, as I have spells of finding loads of new words, then I seem to have dearth of interesting definitions to share, so I save them up. I am seriously concerned at all the ‘phobias’ I keep discovering, which so aptly sum me up … LOL!

      Take Care.

  • Such interesting words Yvonne. I have heard of If You Stay and have been debating whether or not to grab a copy for my Nook. The hair and button phobias are bizarre 🙂 It must really be hard living with such a fear of buttons. It seems they are everywhere, you can’t really escape them. Same goes for hair.
    I have a touch of arachnophobia, fear of spiders. Just a tad. I’m very afraid of them and I can’t get close enough to kill them. If I come across one by surprise in a public place for example, like work, my co-workers have a good laugh at my initial reaction. It’s between a scream and a yelp…lol.

    • Hi Naida,

      Spiders and most ‘crawlies’ don’t really bother me, although I have to ‘fess up and admit that I do tend to kill them, rather than capture and release them, which is not very kind of me I know. I am definitely the ‘bug catcher’ in our house, although I don’t think Dave has arachnophobia, more of an aversion to having to catch the little critters!

      I have always been the same with hair and it is bad enough in my own house with just the two of us, so you can imagine what it is like if we stay away from home in a hotel. The bathroon is always the first thing to be inspected, to see if it is acceptable and I can spot a stray hair on a tiled floor at ten paces!

      My colleagues fear of buttons is also very real, so working with clothes all day can become something of a challenge for her. I must admit that I didn’t realise quite how bad her phobia is, until a button fell off a garment the other day and she couldn’t bear to pick it up off the floor and had me do it for her.

      Oh Well! we all have our strange phobias and idiosyncracies don’t we and so rest assured that there seems to be a word out there, for just about every one of them!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your week is going well so far.

  • I have to admit that I can’t understand a fear of buttons – except for in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline where the Other Mother wants to sew buttons on Coraline’s eyes – that is really scary! But in real life buttons are harmless – aren’t they. It’s a truly irrational fear.

    I used to be terrified of dogs and I only overcame that by having dogs of my own – when I was 30! Until then I wouldn’t go near any dogs – now I’m only wary of German Shepherds. It seems that contact with buttons doesn’t help anyone get over the phobia in the same way as contact with dogs helped me, nor I suppose would more exposure to other people’s hair help you – I agree hair in the wrong places makes me shudder!

    • Hi Margaret,

      I know that my colleague used to play with her mother’s button tin as a child, so we can only assume that there must have been an incident which she no longer remembers, which triggered the irrational fear of buttons she now has.

      I also have another phobia, which I have talked about before, ‘Ailurophobia’, which is the persistent and irrational fear of cats. I can’t touch them, look at them and if one even thinks about jumping up on me, or rubbing up against me, I really freak out. Especially if they then deposit fur balls or hairs on my clothing anywhere, and forget me eating or drinking anything in a house where the cats jump up on the work surfaces!!

      Goodness, I am beginning to get a complex about all these phobias now, I am quite normal … really!

      Thanks for stopping by and by the way, I am wary of German Shepherds as well … LOL!

      • Oh, I used to play with the buttons in my mother’s button tin too – but all my memories of that are very happy ones!

        And as you may know I love cats:) Our cat doesn’t jump on the work surfaces, though – I have a phobia about that!

        Thanks for your comment on my blog – as you’ll see from the time of my comment I’m not watching Poirot – but it is being recorded. I haven’t read The Big Four and I’m in two minds about watching it before I read the book – but if I do, that would at least stop me saying: ‘It’s not like that in the book!’ It does irritate me when the change things, but David Suchet is perfect as Poirot, so I think I will watch it soon.

        • Amazingly Poirot is on record here too, although there was nearly a rebellion when he realised that it was on for 2 hours and that would eat into the meagre recording time he has left. Much better this way, as you can whizz through the adverts and you only need an hour and a half of free time to watch it!!

  • Seen in my recent read For Whom The book Tells my new word is Prolegomenamble. From the Greek prolegomenon denoting the forward of something of something that is to follow. The prolegomena (plural) a kind of introductory examinations designed for “preparatory exercises”.

    • Wow Tracy!

      That word is some mouthful!

      You say it denotes the forward of something to follow, the only problem is, that by the time I had managed to pronounce the word, I would have forgotten completely what I was going to say next!

      I would love to be able to drop this word casually into a sentence during a conversation, although I suspect that would be a big ask and would certainly see some raised eyebrows from the recipients of it!

      Thanks for stopping by with such a great word, I really appreciate it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      The difference between liminal and subliminal is barely perceptible … “(of a stimulus or mental process) below the threshold of sensation or consciousness; perceived by or affecting someone’s mind without their being aware of it.”

      All of my colleague’s clothes are buttonless, including cardigans, with the only permissible exception being jeans, although as the definition illustrates, the metal buttons found on jeans are not counted in the same way as plastic buttons on other garments. it’s a good job she doesn’t have to wear a uniform at work really and that all her winter coats have zips in them!

      Mind you, some of my own phobias are pretty extreme and weird, so I’m not going to knock someone else for their fears and eccentricities.

      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting WWW each week, it is an excellent meme for sure.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I didn’t know there even was a word to describe a fear of buttons, let alone one which was so unpronounceable. It just seems as though you could get a phobia trying to pronounce and spell the word for any of the many phobias there are out there!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your commenst.

    • Hi Nikki,

      Good to meet a fellow trichophobia sufferer, although I am averse to all loose hairs. It’s a good job really that Dave has short hair, although even then, where he is now slightly receding (read that as going quite bald!), the falling hairs have started to make me uncomfortable. Luckily he understands my phobia and is very good at making sure that they don’t cause me too much distress!

      Good to see you are up to reading the blogging boards again. I hope that you continue to improve over the weekend and are feeling back on top of things for the start of the new week.

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