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Wondrous Words Wednesday

I haven’t visited this lovely meme for some considerable time, as I have been saving my words up until there were enough to make a worthwhile length post. Now, just this week, I have discovered two great words, one to finish off this week’s post and one to start off my next. Isn’t that always the way…

1. – When author James Thayer agreed to submit a guest post in support of his book ‘House Of 8 Orchids’, I had no idea that it would be so interesting and informative. However this particular phrase threw me completely, as I had no idea that there was an alternative definition for the word queue (cue), no matter which way it is spelt. James’s guest post will be published very soon, so if you get the chance please stop by and check it out, it really is good!

Image Of A 'Manchu Queue (Cue) Haircut

The breeze carried the scents of garbage, river mud, charcoal, and horse manure. Many men still wore long Manchu queues, and women with bound, crippled feet were carried along the streets in sedan chairs.


The queue was a specifically male hairstyle worn by the Manchu people from central Manchuria and later imposed on the Han Chinese during the Qing dynasty. The hair on the front of the head was shaved off above the temples every ten days and the remainder of the hair was braided into a long braid.



2. – Next up is a word I came across when author Alison Belsham, began following me on Twitter. I always make as thorough a check as possible before returning the gesture, so that I am broadly speaking only exchanging views and comments with like-minded members. This comes from Alison’s profile statement.

Image Of Author Alison Belsham

Alison’s Twitter profile

Alison’s Facebook page

Nascent crime writer. Winner of 2016 Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect event.


. Just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.

. Freshly generated in a reactive form.



3. – Finally this time, I am featuring a word I read and heard about just this week, on the National BBC News channel…

Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry…

Follow this link to read the complete article

Image depicting the condition of Misophonia


Literally “hatred of sound,” was proposed in 2000 as a neuropsychiatric disorder condition in which negative emotions, thoughts, and physical reactions are triggered by specific sounds. It is also called “select sound sensitivity syndrome” and “sound-rage.”


… 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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  • I did know your first two words, often referring to a single pigtail as a queue when I was growing up. Your final word is new to me, though I did know there was a phobia for it. I seem to remember reading an article about it in my favorite science magazine. If they used that term, I can’t remember. I never can keep straight all those phobia terms!

    Looking back in my Kindle, there were several words I looked up while reading Proxima:

    Chthonic – concerning, belonging to, or inhabiting the underworld.

    Sigil – an inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power.

    Panspermia – the theory that life on the earth originated from microorganisms or chemical precursors of life present in outer space and able to initiate life on reaching a suitable environment.

    Taikonaut – the English rendering of the Chinese word for astronaut.

    I always enjoy it when you join in this meme, Yvonne!

    • Hi Kelly,

      It was either a pigtail or a plait when we were growing up, although my own hair was always cut relatively short, so neither ever applied to me.

      The BBC seem to have made misophonia their article of the week, although the scientific answer of passing low levels of targeted electricity through the skull to adjust brain function, does seem rather extreme to me.

      I am not really misophonic about many sounds, although I don’t like the noise or tactile sensation of someone rubbing their hands over denim jeans, that drives me nuts. My SIL hates it when she has to sit too close to any family memebers, or anyone else for that matter, who are eating or drinking, as she can’t stand the sound of them swallowing. She eats really slowly and chews carefully, so I can only presume that the sound of her own chewing and swallowing also winds her up!

      Don’t ask me how, as I don’t generally read fantasy or science fiction as you know, but I do know of Chthonic and Sigil, which I think is amazing.

      I really like the sound of the Panspermia theory, both the word and its interpretation. I must remember to share the word with hubbie, as I know this definition pretty much sums up his own views about evolution.

      Thanks for sharing and taking part in the meme. You really should consider linking through your own post sometime, I’m sure that Kathy would love to have you take part 🙂

  • I honestly didn’t know that that Chinese pigtail was called a ‘queue’. How interesting. Nascent I had heard before but would have struggled to define it. Misophonia is completely new to me, I had no idea there was a special word for hatred of certain sounds. But it makes sense!

    • Hi Cath,

      The BBC have been running a whole series of articles about “Misophonia” this week, although like yourself, I didn’t realise there was a definitive name for the condition, or that there were so many sufferers.

      I guess that if we think about it, we all have pet hates when it comes to annoying sounds (if you check out my reply to Kelly’s comment above, you’ll discover what mine are), but I would never have called it a condition or syndrome, just a mild annoyance.

      There are so many words like “nascent”, which I have heard of or come across before, but I would be at a complete loss to define if asked. To be honest, I probably take a wild stab at guessing what some of them mean, if I can’t get a rough idea by the context in which they are used. Having found this great meme though, I do tend to be much more disciplined about checking out a new to me word, to assess whether or not it is good enough to share.

      Great to have you stop by, I always enjoy receiving comments 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I am obviousy in the seemingly very small minority who haven’t come across nascent before and if I had, I would have never been able to define it. This is one word I had better definitely not forget again, or I shall never live it down!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always enjoy receiving comments 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      Like yourself, I had seen pictures of a Manchu Queue, without realising that it had a specific name. When I read the passage from James’s guest post, I honestly thought that he was referring to an article of clothing and was most surprised at the information Google turned up.

      Thanks for visiting today and for continuing to host this lovely meme 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      I would be really interested in knowing which book that was, as I am intrigued that a word I didn’t know existed in that particular context, should suddenly turn up in two books at more or less the same time …. Now I feel a bit stupid, as if I should have known what it was!!

      “The House Of 8 Orchids” sounds as though it is going to be an intense read and the author guest post is most interesting and insightful.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy being able to respond to comments, so keep them coming 🙂

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