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Wondrous Words Wednesday

1.First up this week is a word I came across when I was checking out a great review and blog tour post, published by Katherine at ‘I Wish I Lived In A Library’. The book she so enjoyed was ‘Killing Secrets’ by author Dianne Emley. It was when I decided to find out a little more about Dianne that I discovered ..


Dianne lives in the Central California wine country with her husband where she writes full time and is a pretty good cook, an amateur oenophile, and a terrible golfer.

OENOPHILE – Greek for the love (philia) of wine (oinos)) is a love of wine. In the strictest sense, oenophilia describes a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation. In a general sense however, oenophilia simply refers to the enjoyment of wine, often by laymen. Oenophiles are also known as wine aficionados or connoisseurs. They are people who appreciate or collect wine, particularly grape wines from certain regions, varietal types, or methods of manufacture. While most oenophiles are hobbyists, some may also be professionals like vintners, sommeliers, wine merchants, or one who tastes and grades wines for a living.




2. – Next up this time, is a word I came across when visiting the blog of the lovely Kelly, where she had recently posted her review of ‘The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe’ (N0.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #15) by Alexander McCall Smith.

Whilst I was able to associate the second definition of the word to the context in which it was written, the first definition however, had me completely baffled.

Precious Ramotswe, creator and owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, friend of those who needed help with the problems in their lives, and wife of that great garagiste Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, felt that there were, broadly speaking, two sorts of days.


1. – A small-scale entrepreneurial wine-maker, originally from the Bordeaux region of France, esp one who does not adhere to the traditions of wine-makingThe garagistes refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region, producing “Vins de garage”, “Garage wine”. A group emerged in the mid-1990s in reaction to the traditional style of red Bordeaux wine, which is highly tannic and requires long ageing in the bottle to become drinkable.

2. – A person who owns a commercial garage.


 3.The third word today, I discovered whilst randomly browsing through a selection of donated books, which had kindly been donated into the charity shop where I volunteer. Monty Don is a British television presenter, writer and speaker on horticulture, and the words are his own as taken from the dust cover of his memoir ‘My Roots A Decade In the Garden’
I have been on holiday for the past fortnight. I told everyone that I was going to Norway, which was a surprisingly effective means of closing the conversation down. In fact I stayed at home and gardened, blissfully, all day and everyday, not leaving the curtilage for days on end.
CURTILAGE – The area, usually enclosed, encompassing the grounds and buildings immediately surrounding a home that is used in the daily activities of domestic life.
4.The final word this time, I found in the header of a BBC article and just had to follow up on it to discover the meaning. The title of the piece was …
A Visual Image To Represent Synaesthesia
Click on the title link above to watch a short video clip
SYNAESTHESIA – The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.
Some people experience the world in a unique way – a dog’s bark might taste like chocolate or a piece of music appear colourful.
This is because they have a trait known as synaesthesia. When one of their senses is stimulated, another sense is activated at the same time.

… 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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  • My favourite meme of the week, its great that you have some new words for us.

    I had heard of synaesthesia before – I actually read a novel a while ago in which the main character was ‘cursed’ (their words, not mine) by it. And I knew curtilage which for some reason is one of those words I have to think about how it is spelt. The others however are new to me.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I think that all of the memes I take part in are great fun. However WWW also always throws up some great new words and definitions, which hopefully will improve my vocabulary and knowledge, although whether these well used ‘little grey cells’ can retain and process everything they read, is a debatable point 🙂

      I think I would probably call synaesthesia a curse as well. The definition doesn’t actually make the condition sound all that bad, however the excerpt from ‘neuroscience for kids’, really brings home just how life-changing the condition could be.

      Thanks for taking part this week, it is always good to have you stop by 🙂

    • Hi Julia,

      I actually didn’t realise I had two of my words which focussed on wine, as I tend to leave a WWW post in the edit box and drop in new words as I come across them. Still. I never say no to an ice cold glass of chardonnay, so I don’t really mind how many words there are to describe it 🙂

      As you say, there is a word to describe just about every action or emotion in our own lives, or the wider world around us these days, it is really difficult to keep up with them all!

      Thanks for the lovely comment, it is always good to chat with you 🙂

  • Curtilage was a new one for me… and that first definition to the word you picked up at my site!

    I came across several words from the book I most recently reviewed, but somehow in my research I saw that it had been used for this meme (not by you) with some of the same words last year! Instead, I’ll share the word “Bilderberger”. The word (and the group to which it refers) is mentioned quite a few times in The City by Dean Koontz. I’m aware of other somewhat similar groups like the Trilateral Commission, but the Bilderberger group was new to me.

    • Hi Kelly,

      When I read the passage from the McCall Smith book in your post, I couldn’t believe that garagiste could only be defined as a garage owner, it just seemed too straightforward. So when I discovered that alternative definition, it really made me smile. It made me think back to the days of prohibition in the US and the subsequent groups which formed to home produce the illicit moonshine 🙂
      I too, have never come across the ‘Bilderberger Group’, as much as we both enjoy following politics on both sides of the Atlantic and despite the fact that the group convenes annually, often in Europe!

      I’ll include a link to the group’s website for anyone who wants to know more, it makes for interesting reading if you are a keen follower of political and current affairs…


      Thanks for sharing your excellent words

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      There is always that ‘YES!’ moment, when I visit a WWW post and recognise one of the words featured. However it can also be quite satisfying not to know any of the words, which makes learning about them and researching them, even more fun!

      Now all I need to do is remember some of my new found vocabulary and the correct context in which to use it 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I’m not sure if you don’t class yourself as an oenophile because you don’t drink, or because given the nature of the family business, you are a beer and lager sommelier?

      Even though neither of us are great drinkers, we are both partial to an ice cold glass of chardonnay from time to time, although neither of us would consider ourselves oenophiles, as we generally do our wine judging, simply by whether we like the taste of it or not and are seldom influenced by the price or vintage of the bottle 🙂

      Thanks for hosting this popular meme 🙂

  • Synesthesia is rather a fascinating phenomenon – like the brain is getting wired in certain ways without permission 🙂

    I’d never heard of GARAGISTE or curtilage, so thanks for those.

    • Hi Hila,

      There is a UK website for the “sufferers” of synaesthesia, although if you read their mission statement below, I use the term “sufferer’ very loosely, in the absence of another word to describe the condition, which wouldn’t do it even more of an injustice.

      “Synaesthesia is a truly fascinating condition. In its simplest form it is best described as a “union of the senses” whereby two or more of the five senses that are normally experienced separately are involuntarily and automatically joined together. Some synaesthetes experience colour when they hear sounds or read words. Others experience tastes, smells, shapes or touches in almost any combination. These sensations are automatic and cannot be turned on or off. Synaesthesia isn’t a disease or illness and is not at all harmful. In fact, the vast majority of synaesthetes couldn’t imagine life without it.”

      Apparently, one of the most famous Synaesthesia “sufferers”, was the Russian artist Kandinsky.

      Such an interesting topic for discussion and I do wonder if this is a condition which can affect people later in life, or is it purely a sensory difference you are born with? – I have to say the site didn’t make that very clear at all and there seems to be very few papers written on the subject.

      I just couldn’t imagine my brain re-wiring itself now and me waking up to discover that I now had to try and function with synesthesia!

      Thanks for your great input into the post, you took me off on a whole new tangent which was so interesting 🙂

    • I found the explanation of synaesthesia very interesting, although it must be a little scary at times … A bit like being colour blind I should imagine!

      I thought that curtilage sounded like a typically English word, however it is also a word in everyday use in the US as well!

      I don’t really understand all the legalese surrounding the Wiki explanation, however I’ll leave a link if you want to check it out … suffice to say that it is all part of the Fourth Amendment … just scroll about half way down the page!


      Have fun with that and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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