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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Once again I can’t believe how much time has passed since I last posted into this meme!

I have been jotting down words as I discover them and probably have enough material for a few posts now!

1. – LIBRIOMANCER

This word I came across at the ‘Always Me‘ blog, hosted by the lovely Lauren.

Cover Image Of 'Libriomancer' By Jim C. Hines

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped. With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . .

LIBRIOMANCER

Those gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects; track down and punish supes who harm humans

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2. – GNOMON

Next up, I discovered this word at ‘Brainfluff‘, the blog of the lovely Sarah Higbee

Cover Image Of 'Gnomon' By Nick Harkaway

Gnomon, which took Harkaway more than three years to complete, is set in a world of ubiquitous surveillance. Pitched as “a mind-bending Borgesian puzzle box of identity, meaning and reality in which the solution steps sideways as you approach it”, it features: a detective who finds herself investigating the very society she believes in, urged on by a suspect who may be an assassin or an ally, hunting through the dreams of a torture victim in search of the key to something she does not yet understand; a banker who is pursued by a shark that swallows Fortune 500 companies; Saint Augustine’s jilted mistress who reshapes the world with miracles; a refugee grandfather turned games designer who must remember how to walk through walls or be burned alive by fascists; and a sociopath who falls backwards through time in order to commit a murder.

GNOMON

One that knows or examines

An early astronomical instrument consisting of a vertical shaft, column, or the like, for determining the altitude of the sun or the latitude of a position by measuring the length of its shadow cast at noon.
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The part of a parallelogram that remains after a similar parallelogram has been taken away from one of its corners.
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3. – ANARCHO SYNDICALISM

This phrase I found over at Kelly’s Thoughts & Ramblings and was posted as a very thought provoking response to a book review Kelly had published

Cover Image Of 'Le Morte d'Arthur' By Sir Thomas Malory

WordPress seems to be having a bit of a glitch in uploading YouTube links, but if you scroll down this post to the comments and watch the clip of ‘Dennis The Constitutional Peasant’ from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you will definitely get the gist.

ANARCHO SYNDICALISM

Anarcho-syndicalism is a theory of anarchism that views revolutionary industrial unionism or syndicalism as a method for workers in capitalist society to gain control of an economy and, with that control, influence broader society.

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4. – MUNIMENT ROOM

Finally this time, I would like to share a phrase I came across, when Bev, owner of ‘My Reader’s Block‘, posted in one of her regular Friday memes..

Cover Image Of 'An English Murder' By Cyril Hae

Warbeck Hall is reputed to be the oldest inhabited house in Markshire. The muniment room in the northeastern angle is probably its oldest part; it is certainly the coldest.

MUNIMENT ROOM

A storage or display room in a castle, church, university, or the like, where pertinent historical documents and records are kept.

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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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16 comments
  • These are all new to me – including the one you got from my review! (I obviously didn’t connect that phrase with the Monty Python clip) I feel sure I’ve run across that final word somewhere before, but don’t think I could have put a definition to it. The first word made perfect sense, one I read its definition.

    Good job stumping me with this group, Yvonne!

    • Given the state of the world right now, I think we could all do with a good dose of ‘anarcho-syndicalism’, although we may not be very popular! The ‘Monty Python’ crew can do it so much better – and get away with it!

      When we were children, my brother and I had to sit and endure just about every episode of the ‘Monty Python’ show, which hit the television screen. I never really’got’ the humour, even back then and to this day, I have never watched any of the films which were susequently made, so I’m not really sure why I sat and watched the clip in your blog post. It just goes to show the powers of persuasion we are open to!

      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to comment 🙂

    • Being a libriomancer could be quite a challenging experience if you were reading a thriller or murder/mystery.

      I wonder if you could change the ending of a story, by drawing forth a gun for instance, so that it couldn’t be used at that particular time and in that particular way.

      I also wonder if you could draw people out of a scene and if there is only a certain distance you could travel through the pages, before having to drop them and the objects, back into situ.

      Could make for an interesting take on reading a good book, although I’m not sure that it does anything for me!

      Thanks for continuing to host WWW and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Hi Julia,

      I believe that at the moment libriomancer is a concept created by the author of the book I have featured in that section of my post. However, it can surely only be a matter of time before it becomes incorporated into the realms of an official word?

      There are so many genres and sub-genres, being added to the spectrum of fiction reading, that I can’t envisage libriomancer being left out!

      I can’t keep up with all the terminology and I feel so sorry for the librarians who have to cope with allocating shelf space to the burgeoning number of categories and then try to work out which section each book belongs in, as it is not always apparent to the untrained eye, simply by checking out the category listing found on a book!

      I shall be watching this word with interest 🙂

    • Ah! But don’t forget the final words of the premise, Laura ….

      “And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic.”

      You have at ask yourself if, by using your powers, it is worth the risk of uncovering dangerous secrets about libriomancy?

      Happy Reading and thanks for checking out the post 🙂

  • Libriomancer I’d heard of because I read – or have read, not so much these days – a lot of fantasy books. Also ‘muniment’ but I’m not sure where I would’ve heard the word. Possibly going around so many NT properties. LOL! Gnomon is completely new to me and I have to say, the book itself sounds rather intriguing! Nice post, Yvonne.

    • As you know, I am not a big fan of fantasy or science fiction, so this was a completely new word for me.

      Like yourselves, we have also done the rounds of NT properties and attended talks about property and contents renovation, but I can’t ever recall ‘muniment rooms’ being mentioned. I keep wanting to call it a ‘munitions room’, but that of course, is something completely different!

      Gnomon, the book, doesn’t really appeal to me, I’m afraid, although I would love to know just how many people have had to research the title, before they could decide whether they wanted to read it or not 🙂

      I was going to comment that a gnomon sounds very much like an early sundial, although I have since found a slightly more detailed definition, which for some reason didn’t come to light when I researched for the post. It is indeed the part of the sundial (quite often the pointed blade), that casts a shadow.

      Thanks for such a thoughtful comment and have a good weekend 🙂

  • Yay! With ‘MUNIMENT ROOM’ I had at least heard one of these words.

    You know I like to use these words in at least one sentence when I read them (it helps me to remember them). I certainly have my work cut out for me with this lot.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Despite trawling around just about all the NT properties, every parish church and all the cathedrals and abbeys in the near and distant area, I have never heard the words ‘muniment room’ mentioned. Now it has been placed at the front of my mind though, you can bet your life that I will hear, or see it mentioned, time and time again!

      If I was in the grounds of one of the aforementioned properties, I could probably come up with a very pretentious sentence, to include the word ‘gnomon’, in relation to a sundial.

      Given the state of the country – no make that world – right now, there must be a way of introducing a good dose of ‘anarcho-syndicalism’ into the conversation somewhere, although you may not be very popular, so it might be wise to forget that idea 🙂

      I do enjoy taking part in my few regular memes, although finding the time and having the computer power to do so, is something of an ongoing challenge, which I am slowly losing! … Oh! I do so hate ‘windows updates’ right now!

      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Finding obscure words in book titles seems like a wonderful addition to more conventional new-word-finding endeavors! Even if the authors invent the words just for their own purpose.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    • Hi Mae,

      Great to have you stop by, it is good to ‘meet’ you 🙂

      I must admit that as a rule, I prefer my words to real and tangible (conventional as you put it). However, there are so many new genres and sub-genres of fiction entering the marketplace right now, that I am always up for discovering how the initiating author, came up with the word to describe their writing and what definition they attach to it.

      So many of these once unique and obscure words, are now recognised by reputable dictionary and reference sites – Maybe one day, ‘libriomancer’ will feature amongst them?

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it 🙂

  • I enjoyed your words this week Yvonne. I like the idea of Libriomancer, and finding things in books to bring out. And muniment rooms must be fascinating to look into. Enjoy your week and thanks for sharing.

    • Some of the NT (National Trust) properties we have visited, do boast very extensive libraries of antiquarian books, which are always a joy to see lined up, even if you can’t touch! However, to have access to a proper muniments room, would be so cool.

      I once did some voluntary wook with a local history society and helped in computerising some of the old Land Registry books, dating back many hundreds of years. It was fascinating to see how much of the land, was in reality owned by so few people, then divided up and rented out to individuals, even down to the fields for grazing animals and the sheds in which the animals lived. Even the outside toilets were rented as a separate building to the house!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit this week, I always look forward to your comments 🙂

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