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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, comes from the book I am currently reading, ‘Zaremba, or Love in the Rule of Law’, an excellent work of literary fiction, set in Poland …


She was beautiful, in a rather exotic and farouche way, but as no one had bothered to tell her so, except a collection of elderly aunts and other such persons of suspect judgment, she did not know it.


Sullen or shy in company.

Socially inept.

Fierce; wild.

2. My next couple of words, are in fact the title of a book, featured by Lianne, on her excellent blog ‘caffeinatedlife.net’ Whilst this is definitely a book which falls into the realms of fantasy and therefore not something which I would typically read, unless asked to do so as part of an author review request, I was nonetheless intrigued enough to research the title, if only initially to satisfy myself that they were in fact genuine and defined words …


New York, 1899. Two strangers, one destiny. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world. The Golem & The Djinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.


A mechanism that can move automatically. In Jewish folklore, an artificially created human supernaturally endowed with life.


A being or spirit in Muslim belief who could assume human or animal form and influence man by supernatural powers

3. My last couple of words this time, come from the blog of two fantastic authors and fun bloggers, Carolyn J. Rose and her husband Mike Nettleton, jointly known as ‘Deadly Duo Mysteries’. Mike had written his own take on fun words in reading and I just couldn’t resist sharing them with you, as a couple of them in particular just ‘cracked me up’!

Check out Carolyn and Mike’s latest jointly authored book … ‘Deception At Devil’s Harbor’


A PROVERB FOR BLOVIATION AFFLICTED SOULS by George Eliot, Victorian English Novelist … “Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving worldly evidence of the fact”.


To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner.

No one knows the origin of hornswoggle. We do know that it belongs to a group of “fancified” words that were particularly popular in the American West in the 19th century. Hornswoggle is one of the earliest, first appearing around 1829. It is possible that these words were invented to poke fun at the more “sophisticated” East.


To bamboozle; deceive.

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

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    • Hi Tracy,

      ‘Golem and Jinni’ isn’t really my book of choice, so I shall be interested to see what you make of it, should the opportunity arise for you to read it. I know that the words were partially explained in the synopsis, so I really just wanted to confirm the more concise definition, as I was so intrigued by them. I notice that Jinni is spelled Djinni at one place in the synopsis and this again tallies with the official definition, where either spelling is acceptable.

      Hornswoggle had me chuckling to myself, especially as Mike has such a way of writing his posts, that he could be sat next to you chatting and the prospect of someone actually saying the word out loud just doesn’t bear thinking about! I can just imagine me casually slipping “Oh my gosh! I’ve been hornswoggled” into a conversation!! I would really love to try, but dare I?….

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and I hope that you are well and managing to avoid the myriad of bugs and germs which are doing the rounds down this way.

  • These words are all new to me… This feature is a great idea because reading constantly develops your knowledge without you necessarily realising. I particularly like the first word.. Socially inept, definitely suitable for me as person.

    • Hi Jade,

      This is definitely an excellent meme for broadening my knowledge of the English language and sometimes beyond. Or at least it makes me more alert to the words I don’t really know the meaning of and rather than simply guessing their definition determined from the context in which they are used in the story’s text, makes me stop and take the time to check out the correct definition and usage.

      In the context of the story ‘farouche’ in this instance, almost certainly pertains to socially inept and shy in company.

      Thanks for such an interesting comment and for taking the time to stop by.

  • Bloviate and hornswoggle are my two favorites from this very comprehensive WWW entry! Bloviate sounds just like what it means, and my 13 year old has a propensity to bloviate. Thanks!

    • Hi Julia,

      Those are about the two most fun words that I have come across in quite some time, now I just need to make them fit into a random conversation and see what kind of response I get!

      Bloviation goes with the territory with most teenagers I think, unless you are parent to the variety who simply emits a series of grunts occasionally; or even worse accepts responsibility for the more volatile model, who has a propensity for communicating at both ends of the spectrum!

      As you can see, I tend to have the propensity to bloviate in writing. I have always been like this, since the days of school essays and projects and I am certain that there must be a word for this affliction …. Anyone know what it is?….

      Thanks for stopping by, I genuinely appreciate your thoughts and comments.

    • Hi Margot,

      I wasn’t too sure about the third definition for farouche, as wild and fierce didn’t seem to sit comfortably alongside shy and sullen, to describe the same word.

      Oh Well! I guess this is another of those famous vagaries of the English language, for which there is no apparent rhyme or reason.

      I tend to express myself more volubly in writing, but put me face to face with someone, even a person I have known well and for some considerable time and I will clam up, so I am obviously one of those ‘special’ people, for whom you were looking for that defining word …. LOL!

      Why do words of French origin, always sound so much more seductive and intriguing, I wonder!

      Thanks for stopping by, we haven’t spoken for some time, so I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I was hoping that one of my US blogging friends would have come across hornswoggle before, just to confirm that such a delicious sounding word actually exists, despite my having read the definition with my own eyes.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I truly appreciate it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Hornswoggle is definitely listed there in several of the online dictionaries, although unfortunately, if you look up the word in Wikipedia, Hornswoggle is also the ring name for professional wrestler, Dylan Postl.

      Farouche, whilst it has its roots in Old French and before that Latin origins, does sound rather Middle Eastern and exotic, doesn’t it? In this case, the term is being applied to Cordelia, a character of American/Polish descent, although she does have very dark hair, from the description given of her. I wouldn’t object in the least to being referred to as farouche, although that’s never likely to happen in reality!!

      Thanks for hosting WWW and for taking the time to stop by.

    • Hi Susan,

      Welcome to Fiction Books, it is great to ‘meet ‘you.

      When I first read Mike’s word, despite the fact that he had written such a plausible explanation and definition, I must admit that I had to go and check for myself, as I couldn’t really believe that I would find it in any dictionary! There really has to be a way I can use this one in conversation, especially as living in the UK, I am pretty certain that no one local will have ever come across the word before, so will have no idea what I’m talking about!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, I truly appreciate it.

    • Hi Marinela,

      Thank you so much for visiting Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      Jinni or Djinni (it seems that you can spell it either way), is a great word, isn’t it? although I should have been able to work out its meaning, as looking back on it now, I can see just how close to our own recognised word of Genie it is!

      Have a great weekend and hope to speak to you again soon.

  • Bloviate is one of my favorites. My husband used it in a Scrabble game one night and the other players are still talking about it. We play a very strange brand of Scrabble in my neck of the woods – we have to sing the word we put down (or a corrupted version of said word) into a pop song. Don’t ask me how this started. Let me just say that there was rum involved.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Wow! some Scrabble word, with presumably one letter already on the board, he would have used up all 7 letters and earned himself an extra 50 points …. that’s the kind of game my husband enjoys …. not that he is competitive or anything!!

      It is a standing joke in our house, that I am by far the most literate of the two of us,especially when it come to solving crossword puzzles etc., however in any word forming game such as Scrabble or any anagram based game, he will always beat me hands down. Obviously his powers of observation are far superior to my own, although he can’t hold his liquor as well as I can, so I should really insist that we play your version of Scrabble, then I might actually win!!

      I do hope that Mike didn’t mind me quoting from one of his posts, however those two particular words just grabbed me and were begging to be aired in Wondrous Words Wednesday.

  • Carolyn notified me that I’d been quoted. Then I spent the next half hour trying to remember what I might have said the would have been worth quoting. Doesn’t bloviation sound like something you would take a Bromo Seltzer for?

    • Hi Mike,

      When I stopped by your blog, I was just so taken with the words bloviate and hornswoggle, that I felt them worthy of a mention here at Wondrous Words Wednesday, a move which seems to have been appreciated by almost all of my fellow bloggers who commented.

      I particularly like the way in which George Eliot talks of “Bloviation Inflicted Souls”, now that really does call for Alka Seltzer in very large doses!! I got the gist of what Bromo Seltzer might be all about, although I did need to check to be sure … Alka Seltzer is the UK equivalent.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

  • Farouch is a fantastic word, and I don’t remember ever coming across it before, so thanks! I sometimes feel like a combination of those things – shy, socially inept, but fierce/wild 🙂

    Also hornswoggle is delightful. Even if it has to do with trickery, it sounds like a more fun version of trickery, like something a Dr. Seuss character would do.

    • Hi Hila,

      The more times I discuss hornswoggle, the more I am inclined to think about Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry and Harry Potter. It sounds like a word from some phantazmagorical spell!!

      Whilst I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as sullen or socially inept, I am inclined to be quite shy if confronted with a room full of people, or I am introduced to someone whom I might consider more socially savvy or more intelligent than myself. I guess I have an inferiority complex, as opposed to being farouche.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments, I always appreciate you joining in the discussion.

      Have a good weekend.

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