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Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. – First up, I am sharing a phrase which I came across in a post of fellow blogger Tracy, over at ‘Pen and Paper‘, in which she shares her thoughts about ‘Whispers Through A Megaphone’ by Rachel Elliott.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 178/79}: The effort of thinking makes him belch again, which seems to release the word from its hiding place. (Imagine what would happen if neuroscientists discovered a connection between semantic memory and burping.

SEMANTIC MEMORY –

Semantic memory refers to a portion of long-term memory that processes ideas and concepts that are not drawn from personal experience. Semantic memory includes things that are common knowledge, such as the names of colors, the sounds of letters, the capitals of countries and other basic facts acquired over a lifetime

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2. – The inspiration for my next word, came courtesy of the lovely Crystal over at ‘Crystal Collier’. This was my first visit to this much recommended site and I was checking out Crystal’s biography, like you do. There seems to be a word to describe just about everything and every condition under the sun these days, so when Crystal declared herself to be cheese obsessed, I just had to check it out!

Image Of Author Crystal Collier

Crystal is a Young Adult Author who’s been accused of an obsession with cheese. She answers that anyone who accuses her merely of “obsession” is grossly misinformed. Cheese is the best food on the planet. Cheese makes the world go round. “Eat More Cheese

TUROPHILE –

A connoisseur of cheese : A cheese fancier : A cheese lover

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3. – I need to be a little sensitive about this final word, as I discovered it as the result of a very public and heinous crime, which I don’t wish to belittle in any way. Jo Cox was one of the new lights of the Labour Party in the UK, although she was relatively new to front bench life in the House of Commons. On 16th June 2016, she was brutally murdered in broad daylight on the pavement in her West Yorkshire constituency. Her murderer has been sentenced to a full life term in prison and as part of the police investigation to determine motive for the crime, this word was used in a press broadcast and I needed to know what it meant.

Image of MP Jo Cox

Mair, who has lived alone since 1996, also searched for – ‘son kills mother for miscegenation

MISCEGENATION –

The term miscegenation has been used since the 19th century to refer to interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations, and more generally to the process of genetic admixture. Historically, the term has been used in the context of laws banning interracial marriage and sex, known as anti-miscegenation laws. The Latin term entered historical records during European colonialism and the Age of Discovery, but societies such as China and Japan also had restrictions on marrying with people whom they considered to be of a different race.

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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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6 comments
  • I only knew one of your words today (semantic) and I’m surprised I didn’t know the cheese-related word as much of the stuff as I use to eat!

    I’ve been saving a word I ran across in a poem a few weeks ago, hoping you’d do WWW post soon.

    “Cunctation” It’s the action or an instance of delaying; tardy action.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have to admit that I am a big cheese lover, with goat’s cheese being the only variety I won’t touch, however I had no idea that there was actually a word for people like me and I’m still not sure that the word fits the description somehow!

      ‘Cunctation’ just sounds like the kind of word you would encounter in poetry or prose, rather than in everyday language. I really like the sound the word makes when I say it, but I think I’ll probably stick with delayed, or late!

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your new word 🙂

      • Now you have me curious, Yvonne. Is it just the idea of using goat’s milk or is it actually the taste? I ask, because I have a friend who makes her own cheeses (milks her own goats… and she/they live in town!) and I know they can taste quite different by variety (just as cow’s milk cheeses can be very different). I like her feta, but it’s her chèvre that is really good!

        https://ksrgmck.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/artisan-cheese/

        • No, I’ve no problem with the concept of using goat’s milk to make cheese, it is definitely a taste issue for me.

          I really enjoy strongly flavoured cheeses, however I find goat’s cheese quite strong, but the flavour is just overwhelming and not for my palate at all.

          I literally can eat just about every other variety of cheese, so I don’t really understand the aversion to goat’s cheese myself!!

          Thanks for sharing the post, your friend certainly sounds as though she deserves plenty of praise, the cheese presentation looked great 🙂

    • Hi Margot,

      Thanks for your kind words, although I can’t take full credit for discovering ‘turophile’. Crystal waxes so lyrically about anything and everything cheese related on her site, that I simply wondered if there was a word to describe such an addict, as there seems to be a label attached to just about everything else these days!

      I can honestly say that there is only one cheese that I avoid at all costs and that is goat’s cheese, which just has too strange a flavour for my taste buds to cope with. Obviously I have my preferred favourites, but within reason I’ll try just about anything and I can’t imagine a world without cheese!

      Thanks for visiting and I hope that your fellow turophiles enjoy their new found status 🙂

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