… 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
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
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
“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…
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!!
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!