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Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. – First up this time is another great contribution to my on-going learning, as supplied by the lovely Tracy, over at ‘Pen and Paper’. The phrase was included in one of the ‘memorable moments’ she shared from her review of, ‘An Object Of Beauty’ by Steve Martin.

Kip Stringer couldn’t resist: “The sink is evocative of cleaning, but the fact it is on a wall, without plumbing, not functioning, creates cognitive dissonance. It embars the viewer from the action it implies.”

Cognitive DissonanceRefers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance 

2. – In a roundabout kind of way, my next word came from another Wondrous Words Wednesday post. The lovely Mary Ann over at ‘Tribute Books Mama’, shared her word ‘alewife’, but also shared another new to me word, in her subsequent definition ..

An Image Of The Buuton For Tribute Books Mama Blog

Alewives- is an anadromous species of herring found in North America. It is one of the “typical” North American shads.

AnadromousAn anadromous fish, born in fresh water, spends most of its life in the sea and returns to fresh water to spawn. A catadromous fish does the opposite, lives in fresh water and enters salt water to spawn

3. – My final word(s) this week came from the strangest of sources, a senior nurse at my local surgery. Anyone who has got to know me over the last few years, will be able to tell you that I suffer from extreme Latrophobia and Nosocomephobia, so plucking up the courage to have even the most minor of procedures, is a massive event … Anyway, these dozen or so Pedunculated skin lesions needed to be removed – at least they did when the word had been explained to me fully!!

Generic Image Of Frome Medical Practice

Latrophobia Is defined as the morbid and irrational fear of doctors

Nosocomephobia Is defined as the extreme fear of hospitals.

Pedunculated A peduncle is an elongated stalk of tissue. Sessility is the state of not having a peduncle; a sessile mass or structure lacks a stalk. In medicine, a mass such as a cyst or polyp is said to be pedunculated if it is supported by a peduncle.

… 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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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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  • Given that I have what is thought of as ‘White coat Syndrome’ I’m surprised I haven’t heard of either Latrophobia or Nosocomephobia.

    Wonderous words as always, thanks for the mention.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I have to be the world’s worst patient, or hospital visitor come to that! I only make a GP’s appointment if I am dying and desperate and then I usually have to have an escort to the surgery, just to make sure I actually go in! Hospitals are even worse, as I feel ill as soon as I walk through the entrance and once we come out, I have to come home and change, just to get the imagined smell out from under my nose!

      I find new to me words and phrases in so many places and fellow bloggers can be really shrewd at playing on my ignorance, in their posts and reviews 🙂 🙂

      Thank for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you.

  • While never having used that first phrase, I was able to work it out knowing the meaning of both words (often finding the latter word in musical references). You totally enlightened me with the rest of your selections, though. Hope your “removals” went well and with little mental anguish. 😉

    I wrote down a couple of poetry-related words when visiting a friend’s blog in recent weeks. I’m familiar with both types of poetry, but did not know the terms which describe them.

    Abecedarrum: poems using alphabetized first letters.
    Ekphrastic poetry: poetry describing art.

    • Hi Kelly,

      My ‘removals’ went fine thanks, although I needed to make 3 trips to the surgery to get them all taken care of and by the final visit I even managed not to hold my breath for almost the entire time I was on the couch!!

      I am only what can be described as a casual reader of poetry and by no means a seasoned expert. I do have a few poetry books on my shelves and it is quite nice to be able to select one from time to time, just to read a couple of poems and then put it back until the mood takes me again.

      Both of your words were totally new to me and even after spending quite some time checking them out and reading some examples of the styles, I’m still not sure that I could explain to anyone else what they mean!

      More excellent examples of the lifelong learning process I talked about here earlier.

      Thanks for sharing such excellent and informative words 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      You are most welcome, although I had great fun with the research, so these posts really are more of an education than a chore 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne,

    Well, I knew your first phrase. And then, I also used anadromous from Mary Ann on my blog today. I didn’t know about your conditions so that was new to me. It makes me sad that you have been suffering all this time.

    • Hi Margot,

      I’m so pleased that anadromous had us both fooled – I love it when one word leads to another like that 🙂

      Fortunately I don’t really have to suffer too much, as I am quite fit and healthy and only need to see the doctor on the rare occasion that something gets the better of me – Generally, when left well alone, ailments seem to clear themselves up. Well! they have two choices, don’t they?

      I have only ever been into hospital twice, once when I was about 4, to have my tonsils and adenoids removed and once as an adult as a day case for a minor internal operation, which did however require anaesthetic! – Did I forget to mention that I also suffer from trypanophobia, which is a phobia about needls and injections. The poor consultant got to the stage where he was on the point of refusing to operate, because I couldn’t bring myself to sign the consent form for the anaesthetic to be administered!!

      I’m not really a complete phobic – I guess the upshot is, I just hate being sick!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      It turns out that GP’s over here, are paid an annual fee by the NHS, for each patient they take onto their books. So when you go to sign on at a surgery and are told they are too full to take any new patients, that isn’t strictly true, it’s simply that they have reached the maximum NHS payment allowed.

      Now, in their wisdom, doctors have conceived a cunning plan to circumvent the backlog of patients who are unable to register. If you haven’t had the need to visit your GP for the last 5 years, you are being struck off their books, so that a new patient can be registered.

      Yes!! they really are encouraging people to make up an illness, at least once in every 5 years, in order to maintain your place at the surgery – work that one out if you can? – And what happens to people who move into an area and are unable to register with a doctor? – at least your mother and I would be okay 🙂

      Thanks for hosting and sharing your great words and I hope that your mother stays fit and healthy for a long time to come 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      Now I don’t feel quite so bad that I needed to investigate all these words, although I actually do enjoy discovering new to me facts – it’s just the remembering that is becoming ever more tricky 🙂

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