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Wondrous Words Wednesday

It has once again been some weeks since I last participated in this excellent weekly meme, however those new to me words have simply been very illusive and it has taken me this long to gather enough of them together to make up a substantial post. Once again my words come from a very eclectic mix of sources, so here goes …

1. – My first word, I came across this week, whilst browsing the online news on the BBC website …

WILL GOMPERTZ VLOG: What On Earth Is A Dramaturg?

It is a word you might never have heard of, and a job you might never have known existed. But dramaturgs are all the rage backstage in theatres, and even more traditional venues like the Royal Opera House. That is where our Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, tracked down Uzma Hameed – a member of this rare but flourishing species – to find out what on earth a dramaturg is and does.

DRAMATURG – A dramaturge or dramaturg is a professional position within a theatre or opera company that deals mainly with research and development of plays or operas. One of the dramaturge’s contributions is to categorize and discuss the various types of plays or operas, their interconnectedness and their styles. The responsibilities of a dramaturge vary from one theatre or opera company to the next. They might include the hiring of actors, the development of a season of plays or operas with a sense of coherence among them, assistance with and editing of new plays or operas by resident or guest playwrights or composers/librettists, the creation of programs or accompanying educational services, helping the director with rehearsals, and serving as elucidator of history or spokesperson for deceased or otherwise absent playwrights or composers. At larger theatres or opera houses, the dramaturge works on the historical and cultural research into the play or opera and its setting. In theatre companies, a dramaturge will create a workbook for the director and actors (usually these are different) and work extensively with the director prior to the first rehearsal.

2. – This word I came across whilst reading an excellent review of  ‘Flight Of The Sparrow’

Review by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

Living in a structured house, living in a wetu.

Photograph Of A Native Indian Wetu Hut

WETU –  Is a domed hut, used by some north-eastern Native American tribes such as the Wampanoag. They provided temporary shelter for families wandering the wooded coast for hunting and fishing. They were made out of sticks of red cedar and grass

3. – Now I am going off the track of the word I was going to include next, to share an altogether different word I came across on the site of a blogging friend, just today!

Article posted by Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper

Photograph Of A Box Of Chocolates

The TV producer suffers with xocolatophobia. Andrew, 31, said: “I know that for some people living without chocolate would be a nightmare. For me it’s the opposite. I can’t stand to even look at it, let alone put it in my mouth.

XOCOLATOPHOBIA – An irrational fear of chocolate. 

I wonder which word describes the irrational fear of not being able to find chocolate when needed?  LOL!

That’s it for this time, enjoy the rest of your week everyone 🙂

… Is An image for the weekly meme Wondrous Words Wednesdaya 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!

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    • I must admit that I do have something of a sweet tooth.

      However, whilst I like quite a varied selection of sweets (candies), there is only one brand of chocolate I really enjoy and that is Cadbury’s.

      That’s not to say that I wouldn’t eat a different brand, if that was all that was available. I am definitely not Xocolatophobic 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you are doing okay and getting stronger day by day.

  • I cannot imagine why anyone would fear chocolate!? Much less make a word for such a thing?! Great words today. I’m hearing more and more about dramaturgs – most recently in a Narrative Breakdown podcast. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Julia,

      When I first saw the article about dramaturgs, I assumed this was a relatively new position within the arts, as with so many other rather seemingly unnecessary job positions and descriptions which seem to adorn the ‘job vacancy’ pages.

      I was therefore most surprised to learn that the word dramaturg, was in fact originated by the innovations of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, an 18th-century German playwright, philosopher, and theorist about theatre.

      The book ‘Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility:landscape and journey.’, is however, not one I shall be rushing to read any time soon 🙂

      Thanks for the interesting comment, I always appreciate your visits

  • You certainly got me with all your selections! Well, actually I saw the last one on Tracy’s blog Monday, but it was new to me then. 😉

    I had a new word not long ago, but failed to write it down (or even remember it!). If I’d realized this was coming up, I’d have made a point to. Maybe next time.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Tracy always finds such amazing articles for her Monday posts, some of which I may have happened to spot on the on-line news, but most of which I will have missed completely!

      I have a notebook in which I jot down the new to me words I come across, together with the relevant sentence or context in which they have been used and the publication or source of the words …. Sad I know, but always useful for this meme, when I have the chance to stop by and join in, not that there is any guarantee I will remember either word or definition five minutes later 🙂

  • I live in the NE US and have even been inside a wetu, but we always called it a wigwam, which I think is probably the ignorant name that white settlers them when they didn’t understand what the natives were saying.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I must admit that, as a child, I was always taught that a native dwelling was a wigwam, although I later learned that what we thought of as a wigwam, was in fact a tepee! … Confusing isn’t it ? LOL

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comments.

    • Hi Margot,

      I am, as you indicate, either a first class word detective and come across some quite interesting words which others want to share …. Or, I am slightly dense and not very intelligent and I highlight words which are new to me, but known to just about everyone else!

      Either way, I don’t like to just skip over words in my reading which I don’t understand, much preferring to ideally look up the words as I come across them, before sharing them with you all in WWW.

      Thanks for those kind words and for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate both 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Isn’t it funny how anything connected with food is the first thing we notice about any article? The very mention of the ‘f’ word is like setting off a homing beacon, so combine that with anything which resembles chocolate and you’re on to a winner.

      I simply can’t imagine having that kind of morbid fear of chocolate, but then most people don’t understand my own irrational fear of cats (Ailurophobia), so I guess we all have our own idiosyncrasies and it wouldn’t do for us all to be the same 🙂

      Thanks for the visit, great to hear from you!

  • As always, great words. I’ve never run into anyone who feared chocolate – although I fear what it can do to me in terms of eroding my (limited) willpower and adding inches to my hips.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Avoiding all mirrors is the secret to the added inches problem and who really needs willpower anyway LOL

      I just couldn’t believe some of the strange phobias there are and some of the even stranger words we have invented to describe them!

      Are we really so much better off as a society for diagnosing and giving names to all these things, than we were a hundred yeards ago, when we were largely oblivious to them and just got on with life, rather than sitting around worrying about every allergy and phobia?

      Anyway, I have plenty more ammunition for future word posts … You have been warned 🙂

  • I recently ran across dramaturgy – it must be related to dramaturg. I have the exact opposite of xocolatophobia – I have an irrational fear of living without chocolate. Great words today!

    • Hi Kathy,

      I searched every site I could think of, but there is just no word for you affliction, although may it be of some comfort, that you are not alone … LOL!

      “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” 🙂

      Thanks for hosting WWW, this meme is always a joy!

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