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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 words this week are a pretty eclectic and random selection, originating from a diverse variety of sources. All caught my eye as new to me words, so I really needed to share them with someone! …

1.  I came across  this first word whilst visiting the blog of one of my regular bookaholic friends … Naida, over at ‘The Bookworm’, where she was reviewing this particular book.


‘This girl’ by Colleen Hoover, is the third installment in the ‘Slammed’ series. Slammed in this instance, refers to the slam poetry, which the main male protagonist in the story, writes and recites live.


A type of poetry expressing a persons personal story and/or struggle usually in an intensely emotional style. Very powerful, sincere, and moving.


A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Everyone who signs up has the opportunity to read in the first round; the lineup for subsequent rounds is determined by the judges’ scores. Though rules vary from slam to slam, the basic rules are:

* Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
* Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
* The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
* Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.

Slam is engineered for the audience, whereas a number of open mike readings are engineered as a support network for poets. Slam is designed for the audience to react vocally and openly to all aspects of the show, including the poet’s performance, the judges’ scores, and the host’s banter. Audiences can boo or cheer at the conclusion of a poem, or even during a poem.

The best poetry slams include a wide variety of writing and performance styles. This, of course, depends on who shows up to compete and– beyond the first round– what the judges see fit to hear more of. The only requirement for judging is that the audience member not be a family member or intimate friend of any of the competitors.

The best slam poets are those who are skilled at both theatrical performance (stage presence, timing, voice modulation, body language and emoting) and pure poetic writing (metaphor, insight, brevity, sonance, wit).

2.  This next word comes from my daily dose of ‘Jigzone’ jigsaw puzzles, where each jigsaw not only publishes your personal recorded completion time, but also offers a short explanatory paragraph about the featured picture of the day …. No day would be complete for me, without my visit!

Wikipedia Image Of Banana InfloescenceBanana Inflorescence Partially Opened.


The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. When a banana plant is mature, the corn stops producing new leaves and begins to form a flower spike or inflorescence.


An inflorescence is a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches. Morphologically, it is the part of the shoot of seed plants where flowers are formed and which is accordingly modified. The modifications can involve the length and the nature of the internodes and the phyllotaxis, as well as variations in the proportions, compressions, swellings, adnations, connations and reduction of main and secondary axes. Inflorescence can also be defined as the reproductive portion of a plant that bears a cluster of flowers in a specific pattern.

3.  I picked up my next word during a BBC documentary we were watching, which discussed the situation we are facing, of much of the UK still struggling after the financial crash, whilst London is thriving like never before. In the first of two programmes, presenter Evan Davis explored the economic forces that are polarising Britain and asked what the rest of the country can learn from London’s success.

Image From BBC2 Programme ... 'Mind The Gap' .... The Agglomeration Effect

‘Mind The Gap’ BBC2


While much of the UK still struggles after the financial crash, one city is thriving. Money, companies and people are pouring into London like never before. Why is the capital so dominant? Is its success good or bad for Britain? And what should the rest of the country do? In redeveloped Kings Cross, Evan shows how agglomeration economics fuels London’s success. At the new Francis Crick scientific research institute, he explores how working in proximity to others enables copying, collaborating and competing – which promote productivity. Nearby, Google is moving in because they like the neighbours – the Central St Martins art school.


A mass or collection of things; an assemblage.

In simple terms, the basic concept of agglomeration economies is that production is facilitated when there is a clustering of economic activity. The term economies of agglomeration is used in urban economics to describe the benefits that firms obtain by locating near each other (‘agglomerating’). This concept relates to the idea of economies of scale and network effects. Simply put, as more firms in related fields of business cluster together, their costs of production may decline significantly (firms have competing multiple suppliers, greater specialization and division of labor result). Even when competing firms in the same sector cluster, there may be advantages because the cluster attracts more suppliers and customers than a single firm could achieve alone. Cities form and grow to exploit economies of agglomeration.

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

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  • Inflorescence is a new word for me. I am not going to let myself click on that jigsaw link. The last thing I need is another daily habit!! 🙂 I already work the crossword and Sudoku in my daily paper and usually work the cryptoquote. That doesn’t count the bit of time I try to spend on whatever “real” jigsaw puzzle I have set out.

    (and you know I’ll break down and check out the link…….)

    • Hi Kelly,

      I don’t always have a ‘real’ jigsaw on the go, however I will take a fit from time to time, when I just have to have my fix. The problem is that I don’t know when to stop once I start and what starts out as a quick five minutes adding a few more pieces, turns into an hour or so where I lose all track of time!

      The Jigzone daily puzzles are so good, because they take ten minutes tops to complete, I have the added competition of trying to beat the average time and they don’t take up any space.

      I have never been any good at cryptic crosswords, so I admire you for that, although I do enjoy crosswords and general knowledge quizzes. Anything to keep the ‘little grey cells’ ticking over, so that I don’t show my age too much, even though I may feel it!!

      Thanks for adding a new dimension to the conversation, I always enjoy receiving your comments.

  • Some great words this week. I’m just flabbergated (one of my favourite words, isn’t it great?) to see you use morphologically which is another one of my favourites.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I did chuckle to myself, as when using morphology in its second meaning ….

      “Linguistics The study of the structure and form of words in language or a language, including inflection, derivation, and the formation of compounds.”

      … I am assuming that your word formation was meant to say ‘flabbergasted’, mind you I like both versions personally!!! LOL

      (Please don’t take offence, it genuinely made me smile in a good way)

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      You are most welcome. I am always amazed by the amount of new to me words there are in my everyday life, either that or my education is most sadly lacking in some way!! I just hope that some of the new information sticks in my mind.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

  • Inflorescence is completely new. I hadn’t come across the term ‘agglomeration economics’ but have come across agglomeration before. Great post 🙂

    • Hi Jane,

      Agglomeration Economics does make quite a lot of sense in some ways, however I think it has led to quite a great divide opening up between London and other areas of the UK.

      Mind you, I also think that the North / South divide is reducing in size, as the recession moves down the country and takes hold in hitherto relatively prosperous areas.

      Hubbie loves to watch these newsy and economic programmes, although I sometimes struggle to keep up with all the jargon! So many new words have been admitted to the dictionary, that it’s difficult to keep up with them all, not helped by the fact that many of them are rather dubious (or maybe that’s just an age issue creeping in?)

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

  • You found some great words in a great variety of places. I have a feeling I learned inflorescence at some point in my school career but it has long since left my brain. I’ve heard of a poetry slam but slam poetry is new to me.

    • Hi Kathy,

      You are the first to mention slam poetry, which to me, whilst not the most complicated of words, was indeed the most intriguing. I have never come across either it, or a poetry slam before, although both have apparently been a popular concept since the 1990s.

      I found a couple of YouTube films of Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson, performing slam poetry and after listening, I am still unsure whether it is a genre of poetry which really interests me.

      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting WWW.

  • I have heard agglomeration before, but not sure it was in reference to economics.
    I also learned the word inflorescence while visiting a theme park once years ago when I went through their fish and flower “growing” area.

    I’ve never heard of slam poetry or a poetry slam, even though I have read many poetry books.

    Seems like

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