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Wondrous Words Wednesday

I haven’t visited this lovely meme in so long, I just hope that I am still welcome and that five new to me words at one time isn’t too many to be sharing!

1. I am starting off this time with two words which I discovered during my reading of a powerful new thriller..

House Of 8 Orchids’ By James Thayer


The bandits didn’t find me, but the army did. A platoon of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Army was arriving – an officer on horseback leading the way – just as I stepped from the hospital. The officer pointed a quirt, and two soldiers ran from behind his horse, their rifles aimed at me. It was too late to duck back into the hospital.

Image Of A Quirt


A short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash.



Another rocket burst overhead, but the bandit captain held a glowing punk in one hand as he watched the black powder draining from the bag

Image Of A Bundle Of Punk Lighters..

PUNK – In this particular scenario, the correct definition of ‘punk’ is :

A smoldering stick used for lighting firework fuses. It is safer than a match or a lighter because it can be used from a greater distance and does not use an open flame. They are made of bamboo and a brown coating of dried manure or compressed sawdust



2. Since I first discovered this word a few weeks ago, I have come across it quite a few times in various posts, however my initial reaction was one of total surprise of the unknown. The word was in the title of the book shared by the lovely Gilion over at ‘Rose City Reader’, in one of her recent ‘Mailbox Monday‘ posts

THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE‘ – Danish Secrets To Happy Living By MEIK WIKING

I got one book last week and I’d like to curl up with it with a big mug of tea and my hyggesokken!


Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.


Cosy knitted socks



3. Next, a word which I had the feeling I should have known the definition of, so I may be something of a fool by including it in my latest list of words I needed to check up on.

Image of Sweet Peppers At Kelly's Thoughts & Rambings'ANTHROPOMORPHIZING

I discovered the word in the post “Plant Conversations”, written by the lovely Kelly, over at

Kelly’s Thoughts & Ramblings

The plants pictured above are four different varieties of sweet peppers that I bought recently. I also have some herbs and a couple of jalapeño plants in pots which I anticipate will do well. It’s when I put things in the ground, like these, that I seem to fail… despite advice (often differing) from those in the know. As I settled them into their new home and stepped back to admire my work, I suddenly felt sorry for them. (here I go anthropomorphizing) They had no idea the challenges they faced.


When you talk about a thing or animal as if it were human, you’re anthropomorphizing it



4. And finally this time, a word I came across during the ‘comment and reply’session, following on from the hugely popular, “Compassion and Condemnation“, a guest post by Anne Goodwin, as part of the blog tour for her latest book, Underneath.


I still think I am erring on the side of condemnation rather than compassion though, when I consider the impact Steve’s actions are going to have on Liesel, both physically and mentally. I suffer from claustrophobia and cleithrophobia and I know what an emotional wreck I would be!!


The fear of being trapped.

Cleithrophobia, or the fear of being trapped, is often confused with claustrophobia, or the fear of enclosed spaces.

Claustrophobia, or the fear of enclosed spaces, may occur at any time, with the specific focus of the phobia itself being the small space.

Cleithrophobia, however, is triggered by actual confinement in a small space, with the specific focus of this phobia being trapped, locked in, or otherwise unable to leave


… 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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    • Hi Kathy,

      I honestly thought that a few more of my words would have been known to most of you – although of course at the same time, I am pleased that I managed to find some unique words, that’s the fun of the meme!

      I guess that quirt sounds a little like the ‘qwerty’ keyboard, hence why your first thought was of computers.

      Thanks for stopping by and of course, for hosting 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      Some of the words sound so obscure and their definitions even more so, that if I can find the occasional supporting image, it seems to bring everything together nicely.

      I am also prone to writing quite lengthy, ‘wordy’ posts too (according to hubbie), so images help to make them more appealing – hopefully 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I kind of guessed what ‘punk’ might mean, given the context in which it was used in the dialogue, but I have to admit that the actual look and content of the punk was a complete surprise to me!

      We could have done with punks at some of the firework parties we have organised over the years, rather than the rather pathetic looking firelighters which hubbie used, which, looking back on it, were nothing more than a hazzard and an accident waiting to happen!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to chat with you 🙂

  • How fun to see a word from one of my posts here! Thanks for sharing that, Yvonne! 😀

    Of the others, I only knew “punk”. They always include a few along with your purchases at a fireworks stand. We have a larger version of one of those whips (quirt!), but I bet it has a different name.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m still not sure whether it is a good or bad thing to be featuring new to me words from fellow blogger’s posts. In one way it is good to help share a new word, however in another it only helps to reinforce my own belief that I may be a little slow in defining words which my fellow bloggers seem to know with certainty!

      We don’t tend to buy fireworks any more, with the closest we have come to them lately having been the official displays in Disney World, Orlando!

      When I was researching the word ‘quirt’, I had no idea that there were quite so many different styles and names for crops and whips, although why it should surprise me quite so much I have no idea, as I am not a ‘horsey’ person, cannot ride and don’t really like the idea of horse sports!

      We do however, live quite close to the New Forest, home to the free roaming New Forest Ponies, who I can just about manage to approach and pet…


      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

      • Thanks for that link, Yvonne! I enjoyed reading about the ponies. 🙂 I wanted a horse as a child and was always told no, but still got to ride occasionally with friends at a local stable (Western-style trail riding).

        I think the whip we have is used for the cows, though I’m not sure its true purpose.

        • There are lots of National Parks in this area and free roaming ponies are a feature of most, although with varying density levels.

          There are also plenty of riding schools and our narrow country roads are constantly the scene of traffic delays, due to the dangerous nature of overtaking!

          Cows crossing busy main roads at rush hour, are also a constant source of stress and anxt amongst drivers. Cross country routes are notoriously slow driving around here, but I guess that is just the downside of rural living!!

          Have a good weekend 🙂

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