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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Just a couple of new words to share with you this week ..

1. –ย I have just awarded a very rare 5 star rating for this amazing book. I can’t even begin to express how much I was moved by the storyline and the excellent way the characters were developed


Casey standing at the tiller of a long boat on an expansive Asian waterway, her large, green eyes taking in the sheer limestone karsts which jutted vertically from the emerald water on all sides of her.

KARSTS – landscape underlain by limestone which has been eroded by dissolution, producing ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes and other characteristic landforms.



2. – These two words I came across whilst catching the tail end of a programme on UK television a couple of nights ago. The programme was ‘What Britain Buys’, a series where retail guru Mary Portas, explores the shopping habits of the Great British public

Image Of Retail Guru Mary Portas

MANSCAPING – The removal or trimming of hair on a man’s body for cosmetic purposes.

SPORNOSEXUAL – A social media and selfie-obsessed male who takes cues on his appearance from sport and porn



3. – Each morning, a strong black coffee goes down a treat if I have my dose of daily jigzone to keep me company. Each standard online jigsaw, is generally expected to complete in under 10 minutes and for those of you who are competitive, it’s against the clock ๐Ÿ™‚

Image Illustrating A Corinthian Capital


White marble column dividing blue sky and brown ceiling. Corinthian Capitals are characterized by slender fluted columns and elaborate capitals decorated with leaves.

CORINTHIAN CAPITALSThe most ornate of the three main orders of classical Greek architecture, characterized by a slender fluted column having an ornate flared capital decorated with acanthus leaves.



โ€ฆ 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 โ€˜BermudaOnionโ€™s Weblogโ€™.You can either stop by and leave a link to your own โ€˜mysteryโ€™ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.

Donโ€™t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your commentsย  as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!


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    • Hi Tracy,

      Mine either and I really don’t think that lying back on the sofa, with phone in one hand, TV remote in the other and i-pad balanced on his paunch, really counts, do you? ๐Ÿ™‚

      Seriously, according to Mary Portas, this ever growing network of demi-Gods goes to the gym twice a day, six days a week and spends over ยฃ200 a month on male beauty products, plus clothes!

      The younger generation of women have some serious competition and what about their poor children!

      Thanks for stopping by to comment ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Margot,

      The theming of ‘The Recipient’, the harvesting of human organs, was a little difficult for me, as my sister-in-law has undergone two kidney transplants, one of which was a living donor organ, donated by my brother, her husband.

      In all of his books, author Dean Mayes deals with sensitive issues in a calming and controlled way, which would give me even more confidence in him, if I had need of his services in his day job as an ICU nurse. A 5 star author and three excellent 5 star books ๐Ÿ™‚

      My words came from some very diverse places this week and were certainly a very eclectic mix – something for everyone, as the saying goes!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I aways enjoy reading your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Debbie,

      Fortunately I don’t have any men in my life, or indeed my circle of friends who would fit into either category of being ‘spornosexual’, or indulging in ‘manscaping’. Both areas of the male beauty market sound both very expensive, very time consuming and unnecessarily painful!

      My personal favourite word this week, has to be ‘karst’, which is much more interesting.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karsts is new to me along with spornosexual.

    I’m not sure where I learned of manscaping (as I don’t have any manscaping friends, to my knowledge!), but having gotten a degree in design, I’m well aware of Corinthian Capitals (the other two orders being Ionic and Doric)

    I always enjoy this meme, Yvonne. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Kelly,

      Why don’t women have a tag word to describe their beauty regime, I wonder?

      I can’t help but smile every time I see the word ‘manscaping’, I just can’t help thinking of ‘landscaping’, which in many cases may be more appropriate to the act!,

      Somewhere in the dim and distant depths of my limited education, I can remember discovering Ionic and Doric, however Corinthian just didn’t ring any bells for me!

      Which aspects of design did you specialise in and did you put your degree to good use? It sounds so interesting.

      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

      • My degree was in “Interior Design & Housing” and covered a wide range of skills. I always preferred the drafting part (which is now all done on computers so my drafting equipment is obsolete!), never totally understanding why someone would want to pay me to tell them how to decorate their home.

        Anyway… I did draw the plans for a home in Hot Springs AR that we rented out for years before selling and I drew the plans (plus a couple of additions) for the home we built (and still live in) some thirty years ago.

        Beyond that, I guess I never put it to much use, instead working in the Trusts & Estates division of a bank until I “retired” to raise our children.

        • Hi Kelly,

          Drawing up plans for your family home, certainly constitutes putting your degree to good use in my book. A bricks and mortar building which you can truly look at and think I designed this, is something to be admired.

          There are so many skills which we learned back in our education, which are totally worthless and obsolete now, with the advances in technology and computer skills. Yet still potential employers ask the questions on a job application form, then can’t quite fathom out why they don’t understand the answers, when they aren’t old enough to remember what I am talking about! Experience seems to count for nothing these days and yet they tell us that we need to keep working until we are almost 70!

          I used to work in the clearing house of a national bank, but that was nearly 20 years ago and who remembers cheques now !!

          Thanks for coming back to me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I have come across some colourful and interesting words just lately and in fact, many of them have not actually come from my reading, but from a diverse selection of other sources.

      I am sure that people think I am mad when I start randomly jotting down words and phrases, even whilst watching television, or having a conversation with friends and family!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, your visits are always appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I knew about capitals b/c of my kids. I don’t WANT to know about spornosexuals, but manscaping is quite interesting. A colorful assortment this week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hi Julia,

      I must admit to being surprised that I didn’t know, or perhaps didn’t recognise ‘Corinthian Capitals’, so I was pleased to discover a definition which came complete with illustration.

      I didn’t actually catch the beginning of the Mary Portas programme ‘What Britain Buys’, however, I think that both ‘manscaping’ and ‘spornosexual’, were terms used when discussing the value of the male beauty market and how many beauty products are now available to men.

      Manscaping in particular, didn’t look at all pleasant and men have the audacity to complain about how much time we women spend in salons etc. I couldn’t get my head around the fact that men strive to be clean shaven in ALL areas, but then need to sport a beard which needs shaping, shampooing and conditioning – What’s that all about !

      I hasten to add, that none of the men in my immediate circle of friends and acquaintances, can be described as either of the above and I quite like it that way, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have stopped watching this kind of programming, especially anything with Mary Portas fronting it, as I really struggle to relate to her self-pretentious style of presentation. The series she did a few years back, about charity shops, was so totally unrealistic, as to be laughable and I have worked in the sector for over 20 years.

      Hubbie just happened to change channels towards the end of the programme and I caught the article about what men spend on looking after themselves these days. As soon as I heard ‘manscaping’ and ‘spornosexual’, I rushed to jot them down as words to be researched. They are not necessarily my favourite words, but they are new to me, which counts for a Wondrous Words Wednesday post.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great words and wow, a five star rating for The Recipient! I will have to add it to my TBR mountain then. Spornosexual has left me wondering…lol.!
    Enjoy your week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Naida,

      Don’t go getting the wrong idea about me now … ‘Spornosexual’ isn’t my kind of word at all, it belongs well and truly in the dark recesses of the urban dictionary in my opinion and I certainly don’t know anyone who has spornosexual tendencies … Thank Goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have awarded all of Dean Mayes three books, a resounding 5 stars and he is definitely one of my most favourite overseas authors.

      ‘The Recipient’ is perhaps the most troubling storyline of all, as it deals with human organ harvesting, but the storyline is excellent and the characters very well developed. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

      Thanks for visiting. I hope that all is well with you and have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Kathy,

      I quite often come across words which I’m sure I should know about, but just can’t pin down why and what the exact definition is.

      When Kelly mentioned the second and third Capitals, as being Ionic and Doric, I remembered learning about those straightaway, so it stands to reason that I must have also been taught about Corinthian Capitals … I wonder why the mind plays such strange tricks ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting such a great meme. Enjoy your Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

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