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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Oh My! I didn’t realise just how long ago it was since I last posted into this meme. Time just seems to be flying by this year!

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I am probably teaching you all how to suck eggs with these first couple of words, however I really did look both of them up, just to be sure that my assessment of the definitions were correct!

Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews

While cutting my daughter’s hair she starts to teach me about homophones. Don’t believe we learnt that at the age of 9! Night and knight are homophones. I taught her about homographs when she finished her lesson!

HOMOPHONES –

Each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling.

Each of a set of symbols denoting the same sound or group of sounds.

HOMOGRAPHS –

Each of two or more words spelled the same but not necessarily pronounced the same and having different meanings and origin.

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Cover Image Of 'Miraculous Mysteries' Edited By Martin Edwards

I Wish I Lived In A Library

I really enjoy these collections edited by Edwards and I love a good locked room mystery!

LOCKED ROOM MYSTERY –

The locked-room mystery is a subgenre of detective fiction in which a crime—almost always murder—is committed under circumstances which it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime and/or evade detection in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene.

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Image Of The Progression Of A Total Solar Eclipse Over Indonesia In 2016The Telegraph Newspaper – Science Pages

British nyctophiles – fans of darkness and the night – have been waiting since August 1999 for a total solar eclipse to gaze at. Unfortunately, they might be waiting a while for the next decent one too – it won’t take place until August 12, 2026, when up to 95 per cent of the Sun will be obscured. Britain will not see a total solar eclipse until September 23, 2090, but there are a plethora of partial eclipses in the meantime to keep nyctophiles content

NYCTOPHILIA –

A love or preference for night, darkness – also called scotophilia

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Cover Image Of 'How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive' By Michael Bernhart

Pen And Paper

A man questioning his virility for the first time (hence the reference in the title to sex, of which there is actually very little), a wife who turns heads everywhere she goes and, handily as it turns out, is something of a sharp-shooter, Margaret and Mary aka M&M the wickedly funny and resourceful twins prone to getting into trouble who, though they make great reading, at the same time make you thankful that they’re not yours, good old Uncle Skeeter with his stories of buried confederate gold hidden in them there caves (thus the Speleology of the title) …. just some of the memorable cast of characters to feature in this wonderful madcap rollercoaster of an adventure that, with its themes of racism and police corruption, sadly if cleverly hi-lights just some of the current political and social environment.

SPELEOLOGY –

The study or exploration of caves.

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Cover Image Of 'Drawing Dangles: Lettering And Art With Charms' By Olivia KneiblerSavvy Verse & Wit

Olivia A. Kneibler has a colorful cover and it is clear from the drawings that your lettering will never be plain Jane again. When kids doodle adding things to their letters or words, they are often told to write the letters as they should be written. But this book allows their imaginations to run free, adding all sorts of designs to the dangles hanging from their letters. There are chapters in the book to guide them through the process of drawing them, and there is no limit to how many dangles or what types of items can be made into dangles.

DANGLE ART –

If you like coloring, tangling, or lettering, you’ll love to dangle! 

Dangles are a beautiful and whimsical new art form for people who love coloring and tangles. By adding charms and pretty embellishments to letters and artwork, you can make your own dangles. With 50 projects in the book, you can add stunning patterns and color to dangles, personalize your dangles with charms that are unique to you, and create dangle words from the dangle alphabet in the book. Dangles are a perfect way to accentuate your stationary, invitations, lettering, and more.

WONDROUS WORDS WEDNESDAY

… 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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12 comments
  • While I remembered homophones, I’d forgotten about homographs. Nyctophilia is a new one for me (as well as scotophilia). I’ve not heard the term Dangle Art, but it’s exactly what it sounds like!

    A fun selection, Yvonne! Thanks for educating us! 😀

    • Hi Kelly,

      I think the word which would have had me most baffled, if I had to guess at a definition without the aid of a dictionary, would have been “speleology”.

      Pronouncing it correctly is difficult enough, and there is just nothing about the sound of the word which even hints at its definition as being anything to do with caves!

      You wouldn’t believe the amount of ‘post it’ notes I have scattered over my office, with random words written on them and the place where I heard or saw them!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  • It’s easy to get words like homophone and homograph confused so it does us all some good to look them up and refresh ourselves from time to time. Nyctophilia is new to me and, I’m glad to say, it’s something I don’t suffer from.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I am a bit of a night owl and don’t generally go to bed very early and in truth, I don’t mind sitting out during the summer nights to star gaze, however I am definitely not a nyctophile. I can’t sleep with the bedroom door closed and if circumstances arise that I need to (staying in hotels or with friends etc.), then I have to have a chink of light showing through a small gap in the curtains, although I don’t actually ever leave a light on in the room!

      Thanks for hosting WWW, it is still one of the most interesting memes 🙂

    • Hi Chrissi,

      I always manage to convince myself that each time I discover a new to me word for this meme, I will remember both the word and definition for future use! Let me tell you, it seldom, if ever, happens that way!

      English was and still is, one my favourite subjects however, and I love the research and definition hunting, as much as the final knowing 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment 🙂

  • First things first, my apologies for my sporadic visits.

    A big fan of this Meme. It’ts always, well, wonderful to learn of these new words, thank you for featuring Speleology … I must admit I didn’t know its meaning.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I quite understand that you may not be able to stop by more regularly, however I always appreciate your visits and I love replying to comments 🙂

      My time just seems to get consumed in the day to day chores we jokingly call life and by the time I settle down to even really look at my blog, it is generally around 10pm and after replying to a couple of comments and visiting just one of my favourite blogs, I am usually falling asleep at the keyboard and having to call it a night. I definitely don’t post anything like as often as I should and that really bothers me sometimes!

      I’m not too bad at making an organised visit to caves which are a visitor attraction, but exploring a cave, isn’t really my idea of fun I’m afraid. I am not a huge fan of water and I can always remember going on an outward bound holiday with the school when I was a child. We had to go pot-holing and I can always recall freaking out when we had to pass under a stalactite and for a brief period had to go underwater. I froze and had to be helped back to the surface by a teacher – Guess I am not much of a speleologist?

      That’s one word I probably wouldn’t mind forgetting about 🙂

    • Hi Suko,

      Like yourself, I really like words and the challenge of discovering new definitions and meanings. WWW offers such a great way of sharing my latest ‘finds’ with like minded people and discovering more new to me words in return, although it is secretly very satisfying when someone else shares a word which I already know about, but believe me, that doesn’t happen too often!

      Thanks for the lovely comment, it would be good to share some new word exchanges with you one of these Wednesdays 🙂

  • Fun and interesting words Yvonne. We ran outside during work to see the solar eclipse not too long ago, it was really neat. I like those locked room mysteries, that reminds me of Agatha Christie books.
    Happy weekend 😉

    • Hi Naida,

      I too, enjoy the classic murder mystery / whodunnit story, where the police gather all the suspects into one room, then give a rather lengthy explanation of the crime and motive, before finally revealing which of the numerous suspects is the guilty party!

      I am not a big stargazer and struggle with finding and naming the individual constellations. However, if there is a big event such as an eclipse, or a meteor or shooting star display due to happen, then I can muster some enthusiasm. I would generally rather watch an interesting cloud formation though, or a spectacular sunrise or sunset.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out this week’s words and have a great weekend 🙂

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