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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 I discovered over at the Goodreads author page for D.E. Meredith, whose book ‘The Devil’s Ribbon’ I have been featuring, prior to reading and reviewing. Denise had rated this book, from her own Goodreads ‘Read’ list and I was intrigued enough by the title to check out this new to me word and even though the answer was a bit of a giveaway in the book’s title, I thought it was worth sharing!


Pteridomania or Fern Fever took a frantic hold in Britain from the 1840s. It was a craze fostered by an array of books and magazines and special equipment designed for fern hunting trips and the cultivation of the finds in delicate fern cases.

PTERIDOMANIA … or Fern-Fever was a craze for ferns. Victorian decorative arts presented the fern motif in pottery, glass, metal, textiles, wood, printed paper, and sculpture, with ferns appearing on everything from christening presents to gravestones and memorials, causing rarer species to come under severe threat.

An Example Of Pteridomania

2. I can always rely on my blogging friend Tracy, over at ‘Pen and Paper’, to come up with words which have me completely stumped and rushing for the ‘Google Definitions’ button! This time was no exception. Tracy was taking part in a blog tour for this book, the final part of a trilogy she had been following and this time I needed to look no further than the book’s title, before crying Help! Check out her excellent post and review, here


In the finale of Sofia’s memoir, Consolamentum, both dramatic and poignant, her dreams of home are shattered when her own family betrays her. Raising her child on her own, mourning the loss of her beloved knight, and building a trading empire, she seeks safe haven for her child and herself. Her quest takes her from Antioch to Constantinople to Venice. A surprise reunion in Venice leads her to France where she runs afoul of the newly established Holy Inquisition, possibly the greatest challenge she has yet faced. Can a woman so marked by oppression, betrayal, and danger ever find her safe haven, much less genuine happiness?


The Consolamentum was a spiritual baptism, as described in the New Testament, where the Jewish practice of baptism by water was abrogated, and baptism by fire implemented. (Modern Christians remember this as Pentecost and some, Pentecostalists, make it the main feature of their theology). Only a Parfait could administer the Consolamentum, which meant that every new Parfait stood at the end of a chain of predecessor Parfaits linking him or her to the apostles and to Jesus himself.

It was the most significant ceremony in Cathar theology, marking the transition from ordinary believer (auditore or credente) to to Parfait, one of the elect. During the ceremony the Holy Spirit was believed to descend from heaven, and part of the Holy Spirit would then inhabit the Parfait’s corporal body. It was largely because of this indwelling portion of the Holy Spirit that Parfaits were expected and willing to lead such austere ascetic lives, and why ordinary believers were prepared to “adore” them.

3. This word I found written down on a scrap of paper, pushed inside my reading notebook. I have no idea where I read it, but I obviously thought it would be a good word to include in this meme at some point!

Image of a Strelitzia (Bird Of Paradise) flower

 Strelitzia – (Bird Of Paradise)

Symbol Of Faithfulness


FLORIOGRAPHY The Language Of Flowers.

Floriography is the ‘language of flowers’. Dating back to the Victorian times floriography was used as a means of coded communication through various flowers and floral arrangements, allowing people to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.

Through the years people have used flowers to express their feelings to others in many ways and in modern times flowers still have various different meanings:

4. My final word this time comes from St Bartholomew’s Man, a book I finished not too long ago and which has made my featured  ‘favourites list’, over at Goodreads.

Image Of A Shawm


Shawms and trumpets were blown until the musicians’ cheeks stood out like red apples.

SHAWM – A medieval and Renaissance wind instrument, forerunner of the oboe, with a double reed enclosed in a wooden mouthpiece, and having a penetrating tone. It was likely of ancient origin and was imported to Europe from the Islamic East at some point between the 9th and 12th centuries.

That’s all from me. 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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