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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

I came across these three beauties, in rather a flurry of activity. All three are what I would probably class as professional or technical words and definitions and to be honest, I’m not too sure which one had me the most confused! However, given that mathematics was definitely always my weakest link, my final word of the week probably tops the Duh! stakes 🙂


Cover image of the book 'A Matter Of Will' by the author Adam Mitzner

“The reason we’re here now is because we plan on filing a motion in limine to exclude from evidence any statement that Jennifer Toolan made that our client was physically abusive.”

A motion in limine was a request for a judge to exclude certain evidence. It was reserved for pieces of evidence important enough that their admission at trial might change the entire legal strategy. Both sides needed to know how the court would rule before the trial began.

IN LIMINE – A motion in which a party asks the court to exclude, limit, or include evidence before it is offered at trial. The court decides the motion outside the presence of a jury.
Typically, in a motion in limine (Latin for “at the start” or “on the threshold”), a party seeks to exclude prejudicial or irrelevant evidence from a jury trial. However, a party also may use a motion in limine to obtain an advance ruling on whether the court will admit specified evidence at trial. Rulings on motions in limine are interlocutory (not final), and the court may change its ruling during trial. 



Cover Image of the paperback edition of the book 'Forget My Name' by author J.S. Monroe

‘Some people experience “anterograde amnesia”, which is when you can’t form new memories. They can recall the past, before the event that caused the amnesia, but nothing afterwards. Let’s see what you can remember tomorrow, after a good night’s sleep.’

ANTEROGRADE – Directed forwards in time.

ANTEROGRADE AMNESIA – Anterograde amnesia is a loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused amnesia, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, while long-term memories from before the event remain intact. This is in contrast to retrograde amnesia, where memories created prior to the event are lost while new memories can still be created. Both can occur together in the same patient. To a large degree, anterograde amnesia remains a mysterious ailment because the precise mechanism of storing memories is not yet well understood, although it is known that the regions involved are certain sites in the temporal cortex, especially in the hippocampus and nearby subcortical regions.



Cover image of the book 'Motive X' by author Stefan Ahnhem

It was over two hundred years old, made of white marble in the shape of an icosahedron with a surface consisting of twenty equilateral triangles. Twenty sides, each with an engraved number, apart from the number ten, which had been inscribed with an X.

ICOSAHEDRON – In geometry, an icosahedron is a polyhedron with 20 faces. The name comes from Ancient Greek εἴκοσι (eíkosi), meaning ‘twenty’, and ἕδρα (hédra), meaning ‘seat’. The plural can be either “icosahedra” or “icosahedrons”.

REGULAR ICOSAHEDRON – The regular icosahedron (often simply called “the” icosahedron) is the regular polyhedron and Platonic solid, having 12 polyhedron vertices, 30 polyhedron edges, and 20 equivalent equilateral triangle faces.

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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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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 Nikki,

      I always have pen and paper by my side, even when watching television, as you just never know when one of those great to research words are going to crop up in conversation!

      I learn plenty from my investigations, but remembering any of it when I need to, is a completely different ball game!

      Thanks for taking the time to check out this week’s post and I hope that all is well with you, as we all soldier on in this heatwave 🙂

  • Wow, those are all tough words and none of them roll off my tongue! A good friend of mine is a retired math teacher – I think I’ll try the last word out on her. I’ll probably have to write it down, though, because I don’t think I can pronounce it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Isn’t it strange how things work out sometimes? I dropped the individual words into the edit page as I came across them, and never really looked at them all together until I reached the three, which I thought would make a decent length post. I was really surprised to notice how ‘technical’ they all were and that I had no idea what any of them actually meant!

      I know that maths wasn’t my strongest of subjects, but I thought I had encountered just about all the ‘hedrons’, so it would be interesting to know your friends reaction to icosahedron, although I have to say that I already have my dunce’s hat at the ready 🙂

  • Goodness me, generally I’ve heard of at least one of your Wondrous Words but not this week. All new and I’ve learnt something. (Whether I will ‘remember’ is another matter entirely…) Thanks for such an interesting post, Yvonne.

    • Ah! Now memory hints and tips would be an entirely new and different meme, but one well worth considering, when I perhaps have to go without opening my current book for a couple of days, or sit myself down after a reasonable time has elapsed between me finishing a book and actually getting around to writing the review!

      When the definition is as complicated sounding as the word is, I know I am going to be in trouble 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your support 🙂

  • A great selection of new words, Yvonne! I feel sure I’ve come across the second one at some point since I’ve read novels that deal with that phenomenon, but I sure didn’t remember the term. (and probably still won’t!) While I’ve never heard that last term, the description reminds me of a “geodesic dome”. (which in turn makes me think of Buckminster Fuller)

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have definitely never heard of Buckminster Fuller, but he does sound like quite a character, although right out of my mathematical and scientific league, with his outstanding Mensa credentials.

      Similarly ‘geodesic’ was a new to me word and I can see why you might have associated it with Stefan’s ‘icosahedron’. Of course I know all about the ‘geodesic dome’, once I realized that ‘Spaceship Earth’ at WDW EPCOT, is one :).


      Also, and I know this is probably going to be widely disputed, apparently our own Cornish ‘Eden Project’, boasts the largest ‘geodesic greenhouse’ in the world!


      As you can probably tell, I had great fun with your comment and I really appreciate the support you bring to my posts – Thanks 🙂 xx

    • Hi Naida,

      I don’t know if I am pleased to have caught everyone out with my words this week, or not!

      Sometimes it is good to have an ongoing discussion about a word which is known to a few people. However I can generally rely on one of my regular commenters to add positively to a post, which Kelly did brilliantly with her word ‘geodesic’!

      Similarly, you focused on ‘Anterograde Amnesia’, which I must admit to personally finding the most interesting of my words. I am guessing that this must present with symptoms which might be confused with alzheimer’s or dementia, both conditions where memory is impaired or damaged. We put consultants and specialists under enormous pressure to diagnose an illness correctly, when a single set of symptoms can be so common to more than one disorder. I wouldn’t want their job for all the tea in China!

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

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