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Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. First up this time, is another of those ‘labelled’ reading genres, which I never understand the need for. I discovered this one over at the blog of Gilion AKA ‘Rose City Reader’, where she hosts the very popular weekly meme ‘Book Beginnings On Fridays’

“AGA SAGA”

This Aga Saga has a bite to it as we pick through the growing up years of the sprawling Harper family. It’s reminiscent of Ian McEwan’s family novels, as one would expect from the author of Moon Tiger, the Booker winner about a brother and sister enjoying a particularly close relationship.

AGA SAGA –

An Aga Saga is a type of popular novel, set in middle England and populated by the middle classes of the sort that typically own Aga cookers. Agas are kitchen ranges, often very large and expensive, which are seen as epitomizing the prosperous and cosy middle-class English country lifestyle.

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2. – Next up is a word I came across in the course of my voluntary work at the charity shop. Part of my responsibilities include stocking the jigsaw puzzle shelves and this word, whilst I could make a rough educated guess at the meaning, I was unsure of the exact definition in relation to the jigsaw.

Outside Box Image Of A 3D Lenticular Jigsaw Puzzle

LENTICULAR

GRAFIX PIRATE ADVENTURE 3D LENTICULAR JIGSAW PUZZLE

LENTICULAR –

Shaped like a lentil, especially by being biconvex.”lenticular lenses”.
Relating to the lens of the eye.
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Lenticular is a word that describes the shape of a double-convex lens. A lenticular puzzle is a puzzle that takes advantage of this type of lens to create an illusion. The illusion works by showing you a different image depending on the angle at which you view the image on the puzzle.
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3. – My final word comes courtesy of fellow blogging friend Kelly, over at ‘Kelly’s Thoughts & Ramblings’. She introduced me to this great new site, which regularly posts words which would stretch even the most comprehensive of vocabularies. As they don’t directly involve me discovering new words in my reading, I shall try not to use them too much, however this is the word that Kelly used to make the introduction.
Image Representing Clipomania
CLINOMANIA
Interesting Words That Perfectly Describe Fridays
CLINOMANIA –
There is nothing wrong with wanting to have a long lie, particularly on cold, wet wintry days. For the Clinomaniac though, the desire to stay in bed is overwhelming and irresistible and could persist for days on end, particularly when it is raining or snowing. Clinomania comes from Greek meaning the obsession of sleeping. In other words, it is love to bed, pillows and blankets.
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… 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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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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8 comments
  • Thanks for the mention, Yvonne! 🙂

    While I’ve certainly heard of an Aga, I had no idea it was used to define an entire genre!

    I associate the word “lenticular with a type of cloud. (they’re beautiful!) Interesting to see it linked with a jigsaw puzzle. Did you take that one home to work? 😉

    I’m about to wrap up Middlemarch by George Eliot (only 90 pages to go!) and while I haven’t run across any real new words, I’ve certainly seen my share of antiquated terms and others that seem to be used a little differently now.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I know there has to be some way of distinguishing genres when books are on display for sale. However, there seems to be a massive trend in sub-genres, which I simply don’t understand and can’t see the need for … I mean an ‘Aga Saga’ how ridiculous can it get!

      Do you know, your understanding of lenticular didn’t appear at all when I googled the word and I had to type in the specific phrase before it did. I must admit I had completely forgotten my schoolday geography lessons, so thanks for the reminder. And no, I didn’t buy this particular jigsaw, as it was not an image I would enjoy working on, although I’ll bet it would be quite a challenging puzzle to work.

      That’s the great thing about reading the original classics, rather than the newer more updated versions which seem to abound lately. The language and vocabulary are from a bygone age and it is great to be able to compare words and phraseology with current trends. I always enjoy the the attention to detail and descriptive qualities of classic writing.

      You should follow the link over to host Kathy’s site and check out the word she features this week – It can’t fail to make you smile 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Aga Saga cracks me up but I’m with you, I don’t see the need to define a genre so narrowly. I’ve heard lenticular before and it did come back to me as I read the definition. I am definitely not a clinomaniac – I can’t stand lying around all day – but I think I’ve known a few through the years.

    • Hi Kathy,

      As I get up at 5am most days and rarely go to bed before 11:30pm, I don’t think I could ever be described as a clinomaniac. In fact, I am at my best first thing in the morning! That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the occasional lie in on a wet and dreary Sunday, although when I don’t set the alarm I still tend to wake up at the usual time and then have to force myself to go back to sleep 🙂

      ‘Aga Saga’ is a bit of an insult really, although it is interesting to see that both Goodreads and Amazon, have begun compiling directories of books in the genre. Whilst I definitely don’t consider myself to be a part of the Aga brigade, I have read several of the authors who seem to feature on these directories and I’m not sure how many of the names really deserve or desire to have their work classified in this way 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  • What an interesting series of words.

    I learned ‘Aga Saga’ this week, as you did, at Rose City Reader. I’m sure I’ve never heard either of the others, although I can see ‘clinomania’ being a useful word on the darkest days of winter when it’s sleety & miserable.

    • Hi Debbie,

      I’m not sure that I actually like a genre called ‘Aga Saga’, in fact there are so many genres and sub-genres now, that I never really know which one a given book falls into. It would become even more confusing if you had to choose by such narrow criteria when looking to purchase a book online or from a bookshop.

      I actually work with someone who must be the closest person I know to a fully fledged clinomaniac. She is quite happy to stay in bed for the entire day, when she has a day off work, whether it be sunshine or rain. Even the sun beating through the bedroom window doesn’t stir her and I have been known to be outside knocking on her front door, at the same time as ringing the phone and still she doesn’t hear!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, it is great to read your comments 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      I never had you down as a typical clinomaniac somehow 🙂

      Sometimes I do yearn for a long lie in, however that just never seems to happen and most nights I am lucky if I get 5 hours sleep. Often I feel that is enough to keep me going, but every so often the tiredness catches up with me and that’s when I generally end up by getting an early night, rather than a lie in the next morning!

      It’s all down to routine and habit I guess, as many years ago I used to start work at 6am every day and even after my job ended, hubbie would be up at 4.30am, ready for his hundred and odd mile commute to work from our home in Somerset to London.

      Have a great Bank Holiday weekend. Another early start for us tomorrow – a 50 mile drive for a 9am appointment 🙂

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