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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


Kathy, our host for this lovely meme, shares her new words at BermudaOnion’s Weblog and this particular word was used in a reply comment by one of our fellow book lovers and bloggers, Deb at Readerbuzz. As she didn’t offer up a definition, I needed to search one out as I was so intrigued, so I hope Deb will forgive me, as I do feel justified in classing it as a new to me word!

JOLABOKAFLOO – The Icelandic Christmas book flood

JOLABOKAFLOD –  The Icelandic tradition of giving books as gifts on Christmas Eve so friends and family can read them that night. It is a tradition that dates back to WWII. Imports were limited, but paper imports were cheaper — so people began giving books as gifts. The tradition is still popular to this day in the country, where 93% of people read at least one book a year.




Cover image of the bok 'Epiphany' by author Susan Slater

Dan leaned forward and picked up the stack of photos Father Pete had placed in front of him and rifled through the pictures selecting a close-up of the box. Plain, yet striking in its simplicity, it was, in fact, a rectangle – not a mock cathedral or intricate crown. A cross ran the entire length of its flat top. The one color photo showed the cross to be of heavy gold set with cabochon cut precious stones about the size of his thumbnail. Rubies? Dan thought so. Silver scrollwork softened any sharp corners and preserved the integrity of the wood frame to the point of the box being almost solid metal…


A cabochon (/ˈkæbəˌʃɒn/, from Middle French caboche “head”) is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex (rounded) obverse with a flat reverse. Cabochon was the default method of preparing gemstones before gemstone cutting was developed





“Let’s diagram the call-graph for this classic LISP function, which computes the n-th Fibonacci number recursively.”

Ms. Coron went on, “A recursive function works like nesting dolls. To solve a bigger problem, a recursive function calls on itself to solve a smaller version of the same problem.”


Characterized by recurrence or repetition.

Relating to or involving the repeated application of a rule, definition, or procedure to successive results.

Relating to or involving a program or routine of which a part requires the application of the whole, so that its explicit interpretation requires in general many successive executions.


Fibonacci , also known as Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, or Leonardo Bigollo Pisano (“Leonardo the Traveller from Pisa”), was an Italian mathematician from the Republic of Pisa, considered to be “the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages”.

Fibonacci numbers are used to create technical indicators using a mathematical sequence developed by the Italian mathematician, commonly referred to as “Fibonacci,” in the 13th century. The sequence of numbers, starting with zero and one, is created by adding the previous two numbers. For example, the early part of the sequence is 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89,144, 233, 377, and so on.





Cover Image for 'The Hidden Girls' by author Ken Liu

I look down to see a Bhikkhuni. I can’t tell how old she is – her face is unlined but there is a fortitude in her dark eyes that reminds me of my grandmother. The light fuzz over her shaved head glows in the warm sun like a halo, and her grey kasaya is clean but tattered at the hem.


A bhikkhunī (Pali) or bhikṣuṇī (Sanskrit) is a fully ordained female monastic in Buddhism. Male monastics are called bhikkhus. Both bhikkhunis and bhikkhus live by the Vinaya, a set of rules.


Kāṣāya are the robes of fully ordained Buddhist monks and nuns, named after a brown or saffron dye. In Sanskrit and Pali, these robes are also given the more general term cīvara, which references the robes without regard to colour.

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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  • You always find the best words!! I love jewelry so was familiar with cabochon. I’ve heard of the Icelandic tradition but didn’t know the name. I sure wish we’d adapt that tradition in this country. I also knew Fibonacci number – maybe from when my son was on the math team? The rest of the words are new to me.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I kinda knew that cabochon was something to do with jewellery, but not exactly what. I do like nice jewellery, but most of it stays in the drawer in boxes and I very seldom wear it, so really it is a bit of a waste. By agreement, hubbie now doesn’t buy pieces any more!

      Maths was never my strongest subject and possibly the one I enjoyed the least after physical education, so Fibonacci was a total mystery to me!!

      The Icelandic tradition is probably my fun word of the week:)

      Thanks for hosting.
      Stay Safe & Take care 🙂

  • I believe I’ve heard the word ‘cabochon’ but would not have been able to tell you that it was a form of gemstone.

    Same with ‘recursive’, I’ve heard it but wasn’t sure of its meaning, think I might have guessed it was related to ‘recurring’ though.

    Jolabokafloo (not too easy to say) is a lovely word for a lovely tradition. How I wish we did that in this country.

    I do enjoy your Wondrous Words posts, Yvonne.

    • Hi Cath,

      Wondrous Words Wednesday, isn’t a meme I take part in all that often, partly because I don’t come across new to me words all that often, more so because I generally don’t have a lot of time to publish posts mid-week.

      With lockdown being fully enforced now, I suddenly realised this morning that I had a post almost ready to go, as I tend to have a post open in draft and drop words in as I come across them.

      I also have a couple of words jotted down, ready to open up the next draft WWW, although I do need to research them a bit first. I really enjoy the written word and carrying out research. Perhaps that is why it takes me so long to actually read books, as I like to savour every word and am constantly looking up one fact or another as they emerge in a story!!

      If only I could remember all my new found words and definitions 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      I had a wealth of great sources to choose from this time around, mostly due to the great writing of Ken Liu – or at least I thought so, until I realised just how many of you were such knowledgeable mathematicians, who knew so many of his words – now I feel very unwordly and not so well read!

      At least this post cheered up the mid-week lockdown blues!
      Stay safe 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      Great to hear from you and I hope that all is well with yourself and your family – Strange times indeed!

      I tend to constantly have a WWW in draft and then I can just add words to it, as I come across them.

      The only trouble is, I do tend to get a bit carried away and make the posts far too long, which makes absorbing all the new words a little confusing. I aim to try and keep it to just a couple of new words at a time and post into the WWW meme more regularly, from now on.

      I really do enjoy researching new to me words and phrases, the only trouble is, I seldom remember either the word nor its definition, a few hours later, which kinda makes it pointless!

      Still it keeps me happy and out of mischief and the stand out words like JOLABOKAFLOO, will probably stay with me for quite a long time.

      Stay Safe and Take Care 🙂

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