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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 first two words this week, I spotted when I stopped by the excellent site of fellow blogger Tracy Terry, over at ‘Pen and Paper’. She had just published her great review of ‘Red Winter’ by Dan Smith, a new to me author, but one definitely destined for my own reading list.

1. This first word forms part of the personal memorable sentences which Tracy decided to feature …


Babushka would have said that Galina would remain a rusalka now, an unquiet spirit that would only rest once she was avenged, and for an awful second I imagined her roaming the clearing moaning for her husband.


In Slavic mythology, a rusalka is a female ghost, water nymph, succubus, or mermaid-like demon that dwelt in a waterway. According to most traditions, the rusalki were fish-women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the bank and dance in meadows. …

2. The second word I spotted in the synopsis, which Tracy had cunningly attempted to conceal to avoid ‘spoilers’. However curious (NOSY) that I am, I was not to be deterred by her subterfuge …


She babbles incoherently of Koschei, the Deathless One, the stuff of chilling Russian folk tales, and drags a bewildered Levitsky into the forest to see first-hand what this Koschei has done.


In Slavic folklore, Koschei is an archetypal male antagonist, described mainly as abducting the hero’s wife. None of the existing tales actually describes his appearance, though in book illustrations, cartoons and cinema he has been most frequently represented as a very old and ugly-looking man, who cannot be killed by conventional means targeting his body.

3. The next couple of words to feature this week, came from a recently read book, ‘Double Or Nothing’ by Meg Mims, a historical western romance..


My hairpiece, a single white silk orchid, looked puny compared to the overblown, feathery aigrettes or vibrant flower headpieces adorning other women’s hair.


An ornamental tuft of upright plumes, especially the tail feathers of an egret.

An ornament, such as a spray of gems, resembling a tuft of plumes.

4. I have never come across this phrase, here in the UK, so I apologise to all the US and Canadian readers, to whom this is probably a well known phrase.


“How about the Russ House,” Charles said. “It’s kitty-corner to the Occidental, and I saw a back entrance once.”


Used to describe two things that are located across from each other on opposite corners.

In a diagonal or oblique position.

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

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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