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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. and 2. My first two words this week, I discovered in the same sentence of the synopsis, from newly published book, ‘The Lost Flower’ by novelist Geraldine Solon.


On the island, Lacy meets Sampaguita Navarro, one of the last few Aetas of her tribe. As a Manghihilot, Sam hopes to open her own holistic spa on the island….


An indigenous people inhabiting the central and southern Zambales mountains in Zambales, Papanga, and Bataan provinces of the Philippines.


A Manghihilot is the term used in the Philippines for a person who specializes in healing muscular aches and pains by using massage. Many of them do not have any formal training. Rather the skill is passed down from generation to generation. …

3. My next word I came across on the site of fellow blogger Vicki, over at ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

Vicki is taking part in a ‘Blogging From A-Z’ challenge, daily during April and on Monday, she reached the letter X.

Image Example Of XylographyXYLOGRAPHY


Is a relief printing artistic technique in printmaking in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood . It is the oldest known relief printmaking technique. The discipline was first practiced in China, then picked up in Europe centuries later. Using a block of wood in somewhat the same manner as a rubber stamp, a xylographer cuts and/or carves wood away from those parts of the design that will not be inked. The “sticking up” parts that are left form the final print. This is a tricky process, if one has difficulty visualizing things backwards, or mentally switching positive for negative.

4. My final word for this week, was discovered in the book which I have recently finished reading, ‘The Diabolist’ by Layton Green.


Despite what some within the Church claim, the ontology of the Devil has never been resolved.


Is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.

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

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  • The two words from your first book were both new to me. Reading about other cultures often opens us up to interesting words and ideas.

    I ran across several words I needed to look up in the book I just finished: Purple Roads by Fleur McDonald. I’d always assumed her books were too “romance novelish” for my taste, based on the covers, but was pleasantly surprised to find that not true. There was plenty of suspense and mystery as well.

    agist – verb meaning “take in and feed (livestock) for payment.

    (5% into the Kindle version) “He told her he was working on a local farm at weekends to save up enough money to buy a ute and a few sheep he had been told he could agist there.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      Sometimes there are just too many ‘cultural’ words in some books and I need to whittle them down to just one or two of the most interesting, or it could become rather boring for others to read. Some words only sound right if you are actually reading the book and in the context of the overall storyline. A point in case is the excellent book I have just finished reading, ‘The Diabolist’ by Layton Green, where there are so many new to me words, used in reference to the occult and religious sects, that I could fill several WWW posts with them all!

      I’m not one for ‘soppy’ romances either, so the cross genre into mystery would work well for me and ‘Purple Roads’ does sound good. ‘Agist’ is a great word and definitely not one I have come across before, but then I have nothing to do with farming. ‘Ute’ isn’t a word typically used here in UK, although it is creeping its way into everyday usage gradually! We would still tend to use ‘flatbed’ more … but for how much longer?

      Thanks for sharing your word and the book

  • Though I did know the last two of your words, like Kelly the first two were knew to me.

    Not sure how exactly you’d pronounce it but I love the look of the word Manghihilot as to me it has an interesting combination of letters. Finished reading The Boy In The Topknot I think all of the new words I learnt came from this, I only wished I’d written them down.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I really thought that I wouldn’t be the only person who didn’t know of xylography, now I feel kind of stupid! I spent so long researching it, as I was fascinated by both the word and the skill involved in the process, some of the examples I found were truly amazing!

      Believe it or not Manghihilot was quite a difficult word to pin down and when I tried to find a pronunciation for it, this was the best I could come up with …


      I was amazed that it is broken down into 4 syllables.

      I always tend to jot down new words as I come across them in my reading, although I will often stop and look them up there and then, if I really want an exact definition to keep the story in the correcy context.

      Thanks for the interesting comments, I appreciate them all.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I love discovering a whole post of new to me words, the only downside is remembering them all to share with others, or perhaps when the word is mentioned again either in another book, or in a fellow bloggers post at a later date. I probably end up by checking out the same word multiple times, rather than simply trying to improve my memory techniques!

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

    • Hi Jane,

      This is another good example of just how conditioned the brain and eyes are to see what they want to see, or what they think they should see!

      So many words sound and look like so many others, yet mean something so totally different, that it could make for a very unusual and interesting read!

      I think that xylography is the favourite of my words this week, as I had no idea that xylo meant ‘relating to wood’, let alone that the craftsmanship and skill of the carvers had such a beautiful and unusual name.

      Thanks for taking the time to share your comments, your visits are always appreciated.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I am not so sure that in these days of the blame and libel culture which exists in just about every facet of our lives, visiting a manghihilot would be such a great strategy, as they are mostly unqualified practitioners, with their knowledge being passed by word of mouth, from generation to generation.

      This was about the most comprehensive article I could find about the tradition and treatments and having woken this morning with aches and pains in just about every joint in my body and the worst chesty cold I have had in ages, the thought of a session right now, does sound very appealing.


      I hope that you enjoyed your family time together and thanks for taking the time in continuing to host WWW and for stopping by to comment.

  • Great new words Yvonne, XYLOGRAPHY looks like a beautiful technique.
    Interesting the words we come across while reading. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Naida,

      Xylography was still my favourite word this week, despite it already being known by so many people.

      The technique, when carried out by a master of the art, is so very elaborate and beautiful and the word definitely belies the exquisite detail of the finished piece.

      This was another of those times when I so wished that I was a more ‘arty’ person than I clearly am.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

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