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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


Cover image of the book 'Last Summer' by author Kerry Lonsdale

Heads turned. Eyes trailed him to the bar. Tall and athletic with dark-walnut hair and stormy eyes, Damien was apotheotic.


Is defined by the lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries as, of, relating to, or of the nature of an apotheosis.


– The highest point in the development of something; a culmination or climax.

– The elevation of someone to divine status.




Cover Image of the book 'We Borrow The Earth'

We Borrow the Earth reveals the experiences and knowledge of one of the few remaining ‘chovihanos‘ (Gypsy shamans) still practising in Britain. Drawing on his personal experience and the story of his lineage, Patrick Lee explores the history and culture of his people and their knowledge of the ancient arts of healing and prophesy. He includes chapters on their customs as well as looking at their potions, spells, charms and curses in an open way. In this latest edition, there is a brand new chapter entitled Encounters with Ancient Spirits Using Gypsy Magic. Patrick Jasper Lee was trained in these ancient traditions by his Romani great-grandfather, a practicing Chovihano, and has himself been practising as a Chovihano for the past thirty years.


A chovihano is an intuitive healer of the Iberian Kale Gitano culture.


One could view shamanism as the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all indigenous tribes. As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection.

Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with what they believe to be a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.




This word I came across by accident when researching the phenomenon of ‘selective memory loss’, as highlighted in my first featured book ‘Last Summer’ by Kerry Lonsdale. A link took me through to a page on the Epilepsy Foundation site, where the discussion was about Selective Amygdalohippocampectomy. A quick Wikipedia search offered up this definition…


Amygdalohippocampectomy is a surgical procedure for the treatment of epilepsy. It consists of the removal of the hippocampus, which has a role in memory, spatial awareness, and navigation, and the amygdalae, which have a role in the processing and memory of emotional reactions, both structures forming part of the limbic system of the brain.

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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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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  • A chovihano, a gypsy shaman, is a new word to me but not a new concept as there was one in a recent Maisie Dobbs book I read. I found it an absolutely fascinating aspect of the book.
    Gosh that last one is a mouthful, Yvonne! LOL

    • Hi Cathy,

      ‘We Borrow The Earth’ was a donated book which came into the charity shop a couple of weeks ago. Not something which would usually catch my eye, other than ‘is it a saleable item or not’, I think the title and the dramatic cover art made me do a double take and read the premise.

      The last word I came across completely by accident – you know how it is when one link leads to another and so on! Well now, I’m not saying that I can actually pronounce the word, or would ever have need to use it, but I always marvel at the complexity of medical terminology and often wonder if there really is the need to make life so complicated for either practitioners or their patients!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope that today’s post made you smile 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      Apotheotic is probably not the first word that would spring to mind if I saw someone answering Damien’s description come into the room and I am not sure that I shall ever get the chance to use it – but who knows, never say never! 🙂

      Thanks for hosting this lovely meme and I am only sorry that I don’t get to participate as often as I would like 🙂

  • Good set of words and definitions, Yvonne! Most of them are new to me.

    Though I’ve not heard the term Shamanism, I do know about Shamans and could probably have figured that one out. As for #3… I’m not trying to pronounce either word, but did know they were brain related based on the areas of the brain featured within them.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had heard the word Shaman, although I was convinced that it was something to do with monks, which most reference sites seem to take great pains to distance themselves from.

      When I was writing out the definition for Amygdalohippocampectomy, a word I only decided to feature and lay no claim to being able to pronounce, I didn’t really notice the second WWW candidate word Amygdalae (a roughly almond-shaped mass of grey matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions). I am still trying to work out which of the letters are the ‘silent’ ones and how such a relatively short word can be quite so challenging to pronounce!

      Is it any wonder that doctors have such terrible writing, I suspect it is only designed to hide their bad spelling! 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment 🙂

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