1. – LIMERENCE – My first word this week, I came across some time ago, whilst researching ‘The Hambledown Dream’, a book by one of my favourite authors, Australian Dean Mayes. I came across this lovely interview he had taken part in, with…
Joanna, over at ‘The Creative Penn’.
Where they were discussing “How To Be A Man Writing In the Romance Market”
Limerence is a common characteristic of romantic story telling but one has to temper the strength of its influence when striving for a story that is more “The Notebook” and less Mills & Boon. Limerence does provide the basic ingredients for a good love story – from infatuation, to etiquette of the kiss, to the feelings of euphoria one experiences while held in its grasp. Whether you are structuring old love or new love these markers that characterize the progression of a developing romance and are tied to this notion of limerence. Seriously – limerence becomes a virtual ready reckoner which can be whipped out at moment’s notice and applied to any romantic situation. Once a man has grasped the power of that concept, he is in a good position to deliver good romantic story telling.
LIMERENCE – A scientific moniker coined by psychologist Dorothy Tennov – is a scientific attempt to study and thus quantify the near obsessional form of romantic love.
2. – COROMANDEL – My next word this time, arose out of a Wondrous Words Wednesday post, written by our host for the meme, Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog. Kathy was featuring the word peripatetic from the excerpt below, however I discovered that I was more interested in what a Coromandel screen was, and so began an entirely new line of enquiry …
Quote taken from – ‘Mademoiselle Chanel’ by C. W. Gortner.
I had become accustomed to a peripatetic existence and welcomed the changes, furnishing my new residence with sandalwood Coromandel screens, Venetian mirrors, and antique statues bought in Italy.
A Chinese Coromandel screen is seen in the oil painting Chopin (1873) by Albert von Keller.
COROMANDEL SCREEN – Wooden folding screen with panels of incised black lacquer, often painted gold or other colours and frequently decorated by the application of jade and other semiprecious stones, shell, or porcelain.
COROMANDEL WOOD – Calamander wood or Coromandel wood is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus.
3. – BAMBAKOMALLOPHOBIA – My final word, by sheer coincidence, also stems from a WWW post, this time written by fellow blogger Tracy, over at ‘Pen and Paper’. Tracy’s post centred around phobias on this particular week and one of them was so amazing, I just had to check it out for myself, simply to confirm the spelling and pronunciation if nothing else! It was whilst following one particular link, that I came across this totally unrelated, yet equally obscure phobia, which I thought I would share with you.
BAMBAKOMALLOPHOBIA – Bambakomallophobia is not necessarily a fear of cotton wool, but avoidance and anxiety related to cotton wool.
Whilst I am quite happy to use cotton wool ‘Q Tips’, I have to admit that I am not that fond of the feel of cotton wool, if I have to touch it!
… 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!