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Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. My first word this time, I came across over at the home of fellow blogger Serena, when I checked out her ‘Mailbox Monday’ post. Thanks Serena for co-hosting this great weekly meme!  Serena was sharing the books which were new on her shelf, including …



1 . – A supernatural being or agency; an apparition.

“in the poem, the angels of death appeared as spectral visitants”

2. – A visitor or guest.

3. – Paying a visit.

“the housekeeper was abrupt with the poor visitant niece”



2. My next word came up in a conversation I was having with hubbie over the dinner table in a restaurant and was a word he read in a Wikipedia entry about a vintage television series we had been discussing …


Speculative fiction is a broad literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements, notably science fiction, fantasy and horror. The popularity of the term is sometimes attributed to Robert Heinlein, who referenced it in 1947 in an editorial essay, although there are prior mentions of speculative fiction, or its variant “speculative literature”.

Also. thanks to Tracy, who stopped by with her comment about a recent post of mine and who coined the phrase ‘science fantasy’, which also apparently comes under the umbrella of speculative fiction.



3. Next up, is a word I came across in the very first few pages of the book I am currently reading ‘The Metaxy Project’ by Layton Green.


Lance was a tool, and Monica was one of those bleached blonde Southern girls with a fungible personality.


1:  Being of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity in the satisfaction of an obligation <oil, wheat, and lumber are fungible commodities>
2:  Interchangeable
3:  Flexible 
4. I didn’t progress too much further into ‘The Metaxy Project’, without coming across another new to me word ..
“ESP, telekinesis, psychokinesis, psychometry, clairvoyance, near-death experiences, telepathy, cryptomnesia, automatic writing, astral projection, to name a few.” He smiled. “The list is long.”
The appearance in consciousness of memory images which are not recognized as such but which appear as original creations.
5.And finally this time, what about that book title itself ?
I remembered what Dr. Carter had told me. The middle ground, he had said. It’s all we have. All we’ve been given. Well, that was pretty damn deep.
Metaxy (Greek: μεταξύ) or metaxu is defined in Plato’s Symposium via the character of the priestess Diotima as the “in-between” or “middle ground”. Diotima, tutoring Socrates, uses the term to show how oral tradition can be perceived by different people in different ways.

… 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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  • Numbers one and two were such that I could figure them out from context. Number three was a familiar word to me, but I had the definition all wrong! Four and five were totally new and, since I’ve seen that title on your site, I’m glad I now know what it means!

    Good selection this week!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I could have worked out number one, however I had no idea that ‘visitant’ was actually a bona fide word.

      With number two, I was simply amazed at just how many sub-genres have been formed in writing these days. It seems as though everything in life has to have a label attached to it!

      I can always rely on author Layton Green to come up with such interesting commentary in his stories and so far I am enjoying ‘The Metaxy Project’ much more than I had anticipated!

      Thanks as always for commenting. You always put such thought into your replies, to make them interesting and relevant 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I had certainly never heard of fungible before and have definitely not heard it used in conversation. I’m not sure that I could work this one into an everyday discussion, it would be interesting to know in what context or circumstances your husband uses it!

      WWW still remains the most interesting of the memes in which I participate – it definitely works those little grey cells and makes me realise just how many words I may have skimmed over in my past reading, without really researching their meaning.

      Thanks for hosting 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Fungible does sound a bit like some terrible disease or condition, doesn’t it? This probably isn’t a word I would use in everyday conversation – much easier to say ‘flexible’, then at least everyone knows what you are talking about! I certainly wouldn’t want to be described as having a fungible personality 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

  • Apart from speculative fiction all of this weeks words are new to me. Now I just have to work out how to fit Cryptomnesia into a sentence without being too obvious about it.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I really can’t recall there being quite so many genres of books in the library when I was young and I’m certain that the multitude of sub-genres definitely didn’t exist. I wonder why we feel the need to give everything a name and label these days? ‘Speculatve Fiction’ was bad enough, but when you came along with ‘Science Fantasy’, that just about floored me 🙂

      I just came across a brilliant article about the way in which writers “Unconsciously Plagiarize Existing Ideas”. ‘The Psychology Of Cryptomnesia’ makes for fascinating reading and isn’t too heavy going – but I still wish you the best of luck with dropping the word casually into the conversation !!


      Thanks for being part of my inspiration again this week 🙂

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