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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Image of an open book showing words, with a small purple sprig led across the pages - used for the meme Wondrous Words Wednesday

It has been an absolute age since I last took part in this lovely meme, so long in fact, that I had to check first that Kathy was indeed still hosting each week!

In truth, I haven’t come across too many words to share just recently. However I have been saving up not only those few which are new to me, but also some which just seemed so obvious I needed to check to make certain they actually existed!

1. EXSANGUINATION Let’s get the ball rolling with this word I came across whilst reading ‘A Sinner’s Gift’ by Zoe Beesley. A great read, my review here

Cover Image Of The Book 'A Sinner's Gift' By Zoe Beesley


Exsanguination. Blood pours from the body until the volume and pressure is reduced to a fatal level, to death and a bloody great mess.

EXSANGUINATION – Is the loss of blood to a degree sufficient to cause death. 

2. MIXOLOGIST I am ashamed to say that I didn’t make a note of which blog I was visiting when I spotted this word, so if you happen to stop by today, whoever you are, please accept my apologies. This is one of those words which sounded just too simple and obvious to be real, so I had to check it out!

Cover Image of the book 'Vintage 1954' by author Antoine Laurain

When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties.

The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do antique restorer Magalie, mixologist Julien, and Airbnb tenant Bob from Milwaukee, who’s on his first trip to Europe. After their initial shock, the city of Edith Piaf and An American in Paris begins to work its charm on them. The four delight in getting to know the French capital during this iconic period, whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows. But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to 2017, and time is of the essence

MIXOLOGIST – A person who is skilled at mixing cocktails and other drinks.



Both of these last couple of words are taken from the latest book written by Layton Green, one of my favourite authors. As usual it was a 5 star read and my review will be published shortly.

Cover image of the book 'A Shattered Lens' by author Layton Green

Yet time and entropy, the dirty uncles of poverty, had taken their toll.

Funny how terrified we are of inchoate things when our reality is far more desperate.

ENTROPY – Lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.

Can also mean – A thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.

INCHOATE – Just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary.

Can also mean – An inchoate offense, preliminary crime, inchoate crime or incomplete crime is a crime of preparing for or seeking to commit another crime.

An image for the weekly meme Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday … Is a 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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    • Hi Tracy,

      Apparently this word originates from the early 20th century: from the Latin exsanguinatus ‘drained of blood’

      I guess that probably doesn’t make you feel any better about it? So neither would my next thought, I wondered if it might be in some way derived from extinguished!

      Not any better eh?

      Oh Well! – Happy Reading and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • I was just reading about an old Hollywood actor who hit his head and died and the cause of death was listed as exsanguination so that word was familiar to me. I was able to guess mixologist.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I’m sure that exsanguination is still widely used in professional circles, however it does sound like a rather archaic, genteel phrase, well suited to describe the demise of a veteran Hollywood actor!

      Mixologist was a word which, rather like one of your own this week, simply sounded too obvious to be real, but very much is. I suppose it is a sign of the times that many of the traditional words are disappearing, to be replaced with words and phrases which have a more simple, literal and direct meaning.

      Life these days is lived very much ‘as it says on the tin’. Whether that is such a bad thing or not, I really don’t know!

      Thanks for hosting and enjoy your reading 🙂

  • Oddly enough, I’ve actually heard of all of these words but would not for the life of me have been able to say what they meant without looking them up. I came across one in a book a couple of days ago that I’d not seen before: recuse. It means, ‘unqualified to perform legal duties because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality’. Totally new to me… and I thought my vocab was not at all bad.

    • Hi Cath,

      In all fairness I think the only one of my words that I really didn’t have a clue about was ‘inchoate’, and I wouldn’t have been able to hazard any kind of guess as to its meaning!

      But then, any Layton Green book is generally packed with great vocabulary, and phrases which are often profound and prophetic. He obviously puts great thought into the way he structures his dialogue and narrative.

      On the other hand, I know your word ‘recuse’ and its definition – but that’s only because I heard it very recently in the news and had to look it up then to get the report into context. It was bandied around a few times during coverage of the story about ‘The Mueller Report’ into Russian Interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election.

      I just knew that all those evenings sat eating dinner whilst watching an hour of the Channel 4 evening news would come in handy one day!

      Thanks for sharing and I hope that all your work in the garden hasn’t been completely ruined by this relentless rain 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      You just can’t account for that kind of coincidence, can you?

      We both of us might go through the rest of our reading lives and never encounter the word again!

      This sounds like a very heavy going book, although if the premise is anything to go by, I can quite believe some of the claims Katherine makes. I would never buy pills or medication on-line, as you can never really know that you are purchasing an authentic medicine. But likewise, how do we know that the health care professionals we put our faith and trust in, are not being bribed to prescribe cheaper generic pills, which they don’t really know anything about?

      My mantra is quite simple – Stay away from doctors and health care professionals at all costs and avoid taking medication like the plague. I have managed to reach 60+ without the need for any regular medication and my doctor wouldn’t know me in a line-up, that’s for sure 🙂

  • Inchoate was the only new word to me this time. Well, I’m not sure if I actually knew the first, but I knew it had to do with bleeding out just because it contained “sanguine” in it.

    Funny the places we find new words. I had the word “bruit” come up in my crossword puzzle not long ago. I got the word, just from filling in all the words around it, but I still felt the need to look it up to make sure it truly meant what the clue said it did!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Well! You have highlighted two words in your comment, which are excellent examples of how the same word can mean different things to different people and one would have been totally out of context with the storyline if they hadn’t been checked out for all possible definitions!

      SANGUINE –
      You immediately pounced on the definition of; “blood-red, bloody or bloodthirsty” – whilst I immediately thought of the alternative definition of; “optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation”

      BRUIT –
      I am guessing you went with either the definition of; “a sound, especially an abnormal one, heard through a stethoscope; a murmur” – or “spread (a report or rumour) widely”. On the other hand, I immediately thought back to my school day French lessons and assumed that bruit meant “noise” – “use as a noun of the past participle form of bruire (to roar)”

      It is strange that I hadn’t come across your medical definition for bruit though, as hubbie has an aortic valve lesion and has regular check-ups to listen to the blood flow output through the valve. His consultant has never used this word before!

      Loved your comment, such an interesting twist on my WWW post.

      Thank You 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I agree about the cover of ‘Vintage 54’, although I feel a little ashamed not to have made a note of the blog where I spotted my featured word from the book.

      A number of bloggers have been reading and reviewing ‘A Shattered Lens’ for the past few weeks and the feedback so far has been very positive, but then, being a huge Layton Green fan, I wouldn’t have expected anything less! You did also stop by and left a comment on one of my previous promotional posts for the book, so that’s probably where you remember it from. Yes! it really has taken me this long to get to read it and my full review should be available soon.

      Happy Reading 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the Goodreads ‘friend’ request, it will be good to chat with you!

      I appreciate you taking the time to check out Fiction Books, I am always pleased to receive and read comments.

      I had always considered my vocabulary to be pretty good, but since discovering this lovely meme, I have been amazed at the number of new to me words I have discovered. These days I tend to keep pen and paper to hand wherever I am, as you never know when I am going to see or even hear, a new to me word which needs investigation. The research is all part of the enjoyment for me, as is the sharing of definitions with my fellow blogging wordsmiths 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      The only one I knew, or was almost certain I knew, was ‘mixologist’ and that was because my initial reaction was “REALLY! Is there such a word?” Sometimes words just sound so ‘made-up’!

      All is good down here in Somerset, thanks for asking.

      I hope that you haven’t been too washed out by this lovely June weather! I guess that when summer does finally arrive, we shall all be complaining about how it is too hot!

      Hope you have been reading some good books lately 🙂

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