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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 Wondrous Words Wednesday post, is this week, inspired by an article published over at ‘Pen and Paper’, by the lovely Tracy Terry.

On a Monday, she always manages to come up with some really quirky gems, from the depths of the lesser reported news sources, for her entertaining posts.

She recently featured a selection of the books shortlisted for the honour of being presented with this rather obscure award, the ‘Literary Review’s Bad Sex Awards‘, which celebrates the most embarassing passages of sexual description in a novel.

I chose this quote (not the complete passage for which it was nominated, it’s far too early for that nonsense!), from the indicated book, for the sheer ridiculous and nonsensical way in which the author uses the words, rendering them somewhat ‘meaningless’, rather than ‘meaningful’.

‘The World Was All Before Them’ by Matthew Reynolds.

“breath became a moan as endorphinergic and morphinergic mechanisms spluttered into life”


Of or relating to nerve cells or fibers that employ an endorphin as their neurotransmitter.


The prototype catecholamine dopamine (DA) serves as an essential chemical intermediate in morphine biosynthesis both in plants and animals, thereby providing considerable insight into the roles reciprocal “morphinergic” and catecholamine regulation of diverse physiological processes. Endogenous “morphinergic” in concert with NO-coupled signaling systems have evolved as autocrine/paracrine regulators of metabolic homeostasis, energy metabolism, mitochondrial respiration and energy production.

See what I mean … does anyone have any idea exactly what this author is talking about?

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

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  • I don’t join in with these meme, although it sounds really interesting. Wow, those words are complicated. I think I’d have to reread them to work out what they said! They aren’t words that I’d know instantly! 😀

    • Hi Chrissi,

      The words are a very complicated and nonsensical way of not saying anything very meaningful or even particularly nice, if you ask me.

      Morphinergic doesn’t even exist in any dictionary as a word on its own, it is always used in association with the word endogenous, to make a phrase … so I’m not sure what the author thought he was up to!

      Thanks for stopping by. WWW is an excellent meme and produces some fantastic new words, which certainly stretches my vocabulary each week. Why not think about joining in sometime? … it would be great to have you!

    • Hi Kathy,

      It was the sheer absurdity of the way in which this whole scene was written, which made me feature it. That plus the fact that both the featured words, although new to me, just didn’t seem to make any sense in the context in which they were used. As you say, well deserving of the nomination it received!!

      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting WWW this week.

  • Thanks for the mention, I so agree its far too early for all that kind of nonsense.

    Thanks for another great WWW, it wasn’t until I visited that I realised that it was Wednesday today. Sheesh! Where does the week go?

    • Hi Tracy,

      Your great Monday posts are an inspiration when it comes to discovering some pretty quirky stories and new words to digest and interpret.

      The idea of a ‘Bad Sex’ award has to be one of the strangest stories you have featured, although when I checked out the article on the newspaper site you linked to, I can only be thankful that at least one of the books is to be consigned to the annals of history … well, all of them are for me, I can’t speak for everyone else!

      Christmas is creeping ever closer and I am really not ready for it and am finding difficulty in rounding up any enthusiasm or interest this year.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Julia,

      The fact that you understood the medical connotations of the words and their definitions, all help to strengthen the argument that this book is truly worthy of a mention in the top ten of bad sexual descriptions. The whole scenario reads more like an episode of a medical programme, rather than a sex scene.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I just felt that this whole sentence needed some air time, such is the irksome and annoying nature of the way it reads and the terrible choice of words the author uses.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visits.

  • Ha! I love that the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Awards inspired this weeks words. I do remember seeing Tracy post about that.
    That passage is trying to be sexy, but it is silly. Sounds like something a scientist might say during an experiment.
    Fun post this week!

    • Hi Naida,

      Yes, this week’s post was intended to be a little ‘tongue in cheek’ and I couldn’t help highlighting not only new to me words, but made up words and words which when used together seem to present a rather meaningless statement.

      I did chuckle when I read your analogy about the scientist and their experiment, it sits very well with the fact the passage comes from a MUCH longer description of a sexual act, which does sound very experimental! LOL

      The results of the award were announced yesterday and this particular entry was not the winner.

      Check out the links, the winning entry sounds much worse and I had to add another new word to my vocabulary … ever heard of QUARKS? … in sex?



      Great contribution, thanks for stopping by.

  • I’m sorry Yvonne, but that passage was way over my head. I am familiar with endorphin and morphine. It’s kind of interesting when they add the ergic to the words.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I always love your comments.

    • Hi Margot,

      This passage is one of those which made the most sense, you should have read some of the others!

      If I hadn’t known what the subject matter was beforehand, or they hadn’t mentioned sex in them somewhere, the authors might have been discussing anything!!

      I like my writing descriptive, even the sex, if appropriate, however some of the meaningless drivel written by some of the contenders for this award, was just unbelievable … if not laughable!

      Thanks for taking part in the discussion, I always value what you have to say.

  • totally enjoyed the words and how and why you found them as well, I am heading over to Pen and Paper soon!
    And I must mark such words too in the future – words that are a very complicated and nonsensical way of not saying anything very meaningful ! just to use them for a fun WWW post in the future..
    and I agree, WWW is a wonderful meme

    • Hi,

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate both your visit and the comments which you so thoughtfully made.

      WWW is a great meme, leaving me constantly amazed at the amount of new to me words I come across, in both my own and my fellow blogger’s reading.

      This is the first post I have specifically targeted at the more nonsensical nature of the words used by their author, but I’m afraid I just couldn’t resist, I thought they were that meaningless!

      Tracy, over at ‘Pen And Paper’ finds some fantastic examples of the more outlandish and surreal news items, which have featured during the week and compiles them into an excellent Monday post, which is sure to raise an eyebrow or two and is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

      Have a great weekend and look forward to having you visit again soon.

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