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My first word I ‘borrowed’ from my blogging friend, Kelly at ‘Kelly’s Thoughts & Ramblings‘, with her permission of course, as we both thought it was a great fun word which needed to be shared. Kelly was reading SERENA by RON RASH
…, but then a big hoot owl flapped over the pasture and give him the fantods again. He figured it for a portent of something bad a-coming.
A state or attack of uneasiness or unreasonableness.
My next word, is one I read in a recent ‘tweet’ from one of my Twitter followers @wetdarkandwild – AKA Kate ‘For Winter Nights – A Bookish Blog‘
After reading and liking the tweet, I decided that I really ought to look up this particular word, as for one thing I felt a fraud liking something I was unsure I fully understood, and secondly I felt very stupid that I didn’t know the word as I thought I should have!
Kate’s tweet read:- “I have four days off to go nowhere but hoping to spend some time writing. We had a little rain this evening. The smell of petrichor was magnificent! It perked the birds up, too. Beautiful birdsong at dusk. No reading today yet but now after some historical fiction.”
Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrɪkɔːr/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek petra (πέτρα), meaning “stone”, and īchōr (ἰχώρ), the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.
And finally… A word from the book I am currently reading and which my US readers may already be familiar with, but which is definitely new to me!
“She wasn’t even sure they recognized her when they passed on the street, with a nod and maybe a smile. She had only moved back to Galena, what? Ten, twelve years ago? And she looked different. Not platinum blonde anymore, not so zaftig either.”
ZAFTIG – Has Yiddish origins. Over the centuries, some women have been approvingly described as full-figured, shapely, womanly, curvy, curvaceous, voluptuous, and statuesque. Such women are, in a word, zaftig.
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.
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