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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Hi! I seem to have been on a roll for discovering new to me words in all kinds of unexpected places!

Great for joining in this great meme, but not quite so good for my morale, as I really feel that I should have known some of them!

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

OK! So first up, here are a couple of words I discovered on Amazon, included by fellow readers and bloggers in their reviews of a book I was researching. The first word I have come across before, but I couldn’t have defined it if you had nailed my hands to the wall! ๐Ÿ™‚

VERISIMILITUDE(or truthlikeness) is the philosophical notion that some propositions are more true or less true than other propositions. The problem of verisimilitude is the problem of articulating what it takes for one false theory to be closer to the truth than another false theory. Most fiction writers and film makers aim at some kind of verisimilitude to give their stories an air of reality.

RATIOCINATIONForm judgements by a process of logical reasoning. It might involve determining probabilities, syllogisms (see note below), even mathematical formulas, or simply following all the steps in a process that you believe will lead you to the correct or best answer. Ratiocination is the opposite of taking a wild guess or just “going with your gut.”

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

On Twitter, I am a follower of a great little site called Booktasters and here are a couple of words they recently included in their tweets…Bookish, of course!

BOUSTROPHEDONAn ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right. Boustrophedon is a type of bi-directional text, mostly seen in ancient manuscripts and other inscriptions. Alternate lines of writing are flipped, or reversed, with reversed letters. Rather than going left-to-right as in modern European languages, or right-to-left as in Arabic and Hebrew, alternate lines in boustrophedon must be read in opposite directions. Also, the individual characters are reversed, or mirrored. It was a common way of writing in stone in Ancient Greece.

BIBLIOKLEPTA person who steals books.

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

I just went back to read over what I had written and guess what? I don’t even have to leave the page before spotting another word I haven’t come across before!

SYLLOGISMSAn instance of a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two given or assumed propositions (premises); a common or middle term is present in the two premises but not in the conclusion, which may be invalid (e.g. all dogs are animals; all animals have four legs; therefore all dogs have four legs).

And on that happy note – I’ll sign off until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wondrous Words Wednesday โ€ฆ 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 โ€˜BermudaOnionโ€™s Weblogโ€™.

You can either stop by and leave a link to your own โ€˜mysteryโ€™ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.

Donโ€™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 own words of the week, or simply say Hi!

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Yvonne

I canโ€™t remember a time, even as a child, when I havenโ€™t been passionate about books and reading.
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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11 comments
  • Like you, Yvonne, I feel like I should have known some of these and I don’t think I could have put a definition to any of them! Honestly, I think it’s only the first and last I’ve seen before, although I might have seen boustrophedon at some point, based on its definition. I can’t see myself working any of them into day to day conversation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hi Kelly,

      I like to think that English was and still is, one of my better areas of knowledge, but now I have lost all confidence in that assumption. I have heard of both the first and last words, but couldn’t have nailed the definitions, or anywhere close.

      I guess I would have been able to work out what a biblioklept is, from kleptomaniac.

      I do however like to think of myself as more of a bibliomaniac, although apparently that is officially a medical disorder –

      So, perhaps a bibliophile? although that makes me sound like a really dodgy character!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow. Now there’s a bunch of words that are all new to me except one: verisimilitude. I have seen it in books, not really had any idea what it means and certainly can’t say it. So thanks for the definition. I do love your WW posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Cath,

      It really is hit or miss as to whether I come across any new to me words to make up a WWW post. So far, I only have one more word in reserve, so next time’s might be quite a short article!

      In some ways I am quite pleased not to discover new material, as at least that makes me feel a bit better about my own mastery of the English language!

      Non of the words this time slip easily off the tongue for me and I guess the only one which might really stick in my memory and come in useful for everyday conversation, is ‘biblioklept’, not that I would personally ever do anything like that of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I knew verisimiltude but the rest are new to me. I could tell ratiocination was a mathematical term and might have been able to figure it out. Iโ€™m not a biblioklept but think I could forgive one in certain circumstances. Stay safe, Yvonne!

    • Hi Kathy,

      We have quite a lot of telephone kiosk book shops over here (well at least we did until the virus made us frightened to touch anything!).

      https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-uk-red-telephone-box-used-as-a-village-library-50559759.html

      If we are out walking and come across one, I can never pass by without popping my head around the door to see what goodies folks have left behind! I have often been so tempted to take a book, but the idea is that if you take a book, you leave another behind, so I have always refrained .. honest, ๐Ÿ™‚ but that is about the closest I have ever come to being a biblioklept

      I have now taken to keeping a carrier bag of books in the boot of the car, so that if I see a book I like, I can take it, then drive past on our way home and replace it with one of my own!

      Thanks for hosting, I loved your word this week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Julia,

      Fun, yes! and a word so many of us have come across, yet a word so infinitely complicated to explain. I suppose it’s something which all of us do day in day out, without even thinking about, so there really is no need to attach the label of a word and definition to it!

      The same could be said of syllogisms, which are even more risky to try and explain, but probably also something we use on a regular basis.

      It would be great to be able to drop either word into casual conversation, however that probably isn’t very likely from my perspective, as I would probably use it in completely the wrong context and make myself look very silly!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is okay with you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Sherrie,

      Your assessment seems to be about par for the course with this post and even now I know what verisimilitude means, I still couldn’t probably explain it someone else, without a crib sheet! Talk about in one ear and out the other!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and I hope that all is well with you.

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