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Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. LIMERENCEMy 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…

Image Of Author Joanna Penn

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.

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.

An Image Of A Small Heap Of Cotton Wool Balls


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 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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    • Hi Tracy,

      Thank you so much for the post links and the tags, they are much appreciated 🙂

      I avidly check out all these new to me words, although I doubt that in the majority of cases, I could remember either the word or its definition a few hours later. My brain seems to be going to complete mush with age!

      The words which generally cause most amusement and amazement, are the ‘phobias’. I wonder if somewhere, there is a random generator of letters, forming words which are totally unpronounceable, impossible to spell and generally bear no obvious relationship to the condition they are describing. If there is actually one person physically sat thinking up these words – please can I have a job, because I think I would be quite good at it!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

  • What a great trio of words – all unfamiliar to me this time. That last one just begs to be sounded out aloud in an attempt to pronounce it. I’m also fascinated by the description of “cotton wool”. I think of cotton and wool as being two entirely different fibers.

    I’m always glad you go to the trouble to jot these down as you come across them.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I must admit that I always have pen and paper besdide me when I am reading, so that I can make a note of any words, phrases and sentences which may come in useful when either preparing a review, or compiling a post for one of the memes in which I participate.

      I could be really OCD about it and confess that I also have a blank wordpress posting page open on my blog, so that I can save duplication of effort and take notes straight to the laptop if I want to!

      I didn’t realise until I read your comment and googled cotton wool, that over there in the US, you generally know it as absorbent cotton. I just made the assumption that you would know it as the same thing!


      I wonder therefore, if you know of the phrase to be ‘wrapped up in cotton wool’? the definition of which is…

      “To protect someone too much without allowing them to be independent enough”

      No fear of that if you suffer from BAMBAKOMALLOPHOBIA 🙂

      • See there? I’ve learned something new! 🙂 (even though I’ll always think of cotton and wool as two entirely different things)

        The phrase you shared makes total sense, but in recent years I’ve heard it more as being wrapped in bubble-wrap. (which we now know may no longer pop!)

        You’re not alone in the OCD (or anal-retentive) things. I’m a list maker extraordinaire and have post-its all over my house in strategic locations (along with pens/pencils and various notepads). It’s just taking the trouble to write down those unfamiliar words when I see them. I also keep posts in draft at WP for future reference and ease – especially for things like my movie reviews, etc.

        • Anal-retentive indeed !! – I couldn’t agree more 🙂

          Although I did draw the line when a fellow volunteer, when describing my OCD tendencies regarding the well ordered book and media shelves in the charity shop, called me autistic! – and that from a still serving primary school headmistress – poor kids, is all I can say!!

          Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I have a slight case of bambakomallophobia, which I am sure isn’t bad enough for me to ever have to tell anyone about it – especially if I might have to use this word – I might suddenly be cured completely if I had to say it aloud, or God forbid, write it down 🙂 There seems to be a ‘phobia’ for just about anything and everything these days!

      I am always keen to discover new to me words and enjoy researching them almost as much as reading the book or article in which I found them. The gaps in my knowledge seem endless, which at my age is quite worrying, but at least I always have plenty of content for a WWW post, so long may you continue to host 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      The fact that I managed to find a new to me word, when Kathy had already featured the excerpt for a completely different word, just goes to prove the point you are making.

      Kathy has had some great ‘finds’ in this book, but you can never come across enough new words for my liking, although perhaps I shouldn’t boast about that too loudly, as it only makes me appear rather lacking in certain aspects of my education 🙂

      I hope that you enjoy the book when you get to read it. I don’t think it is one for me, although the intriguing premise did have me researching the seemingly very troubled and often lonely life of Coco Chanel. In some respects I felt a great sorrow for her, but on the other hand I don’t think she was a very likeable individual and she was definitely very lucky to escape so easily from the spying accusations made against her!

      Thanks for the comment, I always look forward to your visits 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann, glad you think so too!

      Sometimes investigating a new to me word leads me to definitions which don’t really excite me, although they are of course relevant to me finding out more about the word.

      I was really interested in finding out about coromandel wood this week, as I had no idea of its existence, although I have only discovered it now that it has been logged to extinction, which is a real tragedy.!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to swap posts and comments with you 🙂

    • Hi Julia,

      If I am going to have to research a word I don’t know, then I am the kind of person who needs to know as much detail as possible. I’m not too sure just how much of it is being absorbed by my middle aged brain cells, but one can live in hopes! I certainly won’t be volunteering to spell BAMBAKOMALLOPHOBIA any time soon 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

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