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Wondrous Words Wednesday
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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 and elsewhere

It’s another of those ‘mix ‘n match’ posts from  me this week

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

1. First up is another of those ‘what?’ words I encountered as an answer to a clue in my daily on-line crossword…

FOY – (chiefly Scotland, Dutch dialect fooi feast at end of the harvest, circa 1645) – A farewell feast or gift

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2. This word I found reference to in a yummy sounding recipe for ‘Baharat Lamb Scotch Eggs‘ over at Angie’s Recipes’

“Scotch eggs are a common picnic food, but they make a wonderful starter or a simple snack. Instead of using ready made sausage meat, I use lamb mince flavoured with baharat, garlic and parsley. Any kind of ground meat would work”

BAHARAT – Bahārāt (Arabic: بَهَارَات‎) is a spice mixture or blend used in Middle Eastern, and Greek cuisines. Bahārāt is the Arabic word for “spices” (the plural form of bahār “spice”). The mixture of finely ground spices is often used to season lamb, fish, chicken, beef, and soups and may be used as a condiment.

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

3. Finally this time is a word which may well be known to some of my fellow readers, but which definitely surprised me when I came across it in the biography details for one of my featured authors

Image of author Melissa Ginsberg - Photo credit Chris Offutt

Melissa Ginsberg (Photo credit to Chris Offutt)

Melissa has also written the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost, and two poetry chapbooksArbor and Double Blind. A second poetry collection, Doll Apollo, will be published in 2022 by LSU Press, and the poetry chapbook Apollo is forthcoming in June from Condensery Press.

CHAPBOOK – A small pamphlet containing tales, ballads, or tracts, sold by pedlars.

That was a ‘potted’ definition, but if you want to know a little more about the history of the ‘chapbook’, here is a really interesting article I discovered, courtesy of the British Library

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That’s three new to me words this time

How many of them do you recognise?

Wondrous Words Wednesday Meme Button by Mareli @ Elza Reads - New Host in January 2021

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 Mareli, over at ‘Elza Reads

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 Mareli 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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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’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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  • :-)) Have you tried baharat yet? Another great spice blend is African ras el hanout, which means “head of the shop” in Arabic. I love them! Foy and Chapbook are new to me. Always glad to learn new words, I just hope that I remember to use them or I would simply forget them. These days I am reading ‘Wallander’ from a Swedish novelist and have encountered some foreign words that are simply fascinating.
    Have a lovely day, Yvonne!

    • I haven’t tried the baharat recipe yet, although we both enjoy really spicy food, so I have made a note of it for a future date and I hope you didn’t mind me featuring the word, as I had no idea what it meant and it sounded so interesting to say!

      I spend a lot of time researching words which are new to me, as I come across them. However, how many of them, or their definitions, actually stick in my ‘little grey cells’ (to quote Poirot), is a very debatable point.

      I have never read any of the Henning Mankell ‘Wallander’ series, although I do have a couple of the early episodes on my Kindle, just waiting. I find that most Scandi and Nordic Noir books are quite dark and brooding, it just seems to be the style adopted by most of the authors who write in the genre. I do enjoy that style of writing, although I couldn’t read it all the time, so I do mix and match my reading genres quite a lot. I hope you are enjoying the read 🙂

      Thank you so much for visiting , I am so pleased I discovered your lovely blog, I look forward to my 6am recipe hit 🙂

  • I love the sound of chapbook, I haven’t heard it before. Foy is a regional word I wouldn’t know about.

    I am familiar with mixes of spices, as my cooking is influenced by Middle Eastern flavours. Sometimes I joke that I have no idea how to properly pronounce most of the names of the dishes I prepare.

    • Hi Anca,

      Both of us really spicy food and although I generally only use pre-packaged, off-the-shelf supermarket mixes, I will experiment with different spices and mixes. Most of the time it works out okay, although I have had one or two flavour disasters!

      There are so many genres and sub-genres of fiction books these days, that I just can’t keep up with them all and I had never heard of a ‘chapbook’ before, even though they have been around for many years. I really enjoyed reading the BM article.

      The online crossword I do each day is a very strange mix of US and UK questions, answers and spellings, so it can be quite confusing. Boy! do they come up with some words I have never come across before, both in the questions and answers! Annoying when you are trying to do the crossword, but great for my WWW posts!

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

  • Hi Yvonne!

    Foy = fooi = means ‘fee’ in Afrikaans. Like you pay a fee to to on a ride or something.

    Baharat sounds so delicious! Although I don’t have the best stomach for spicy food. My husband loves it though.

    Thanks for always taking part! I did my WWW late last night, because I didn’t want to disappoint you and Debbie that I know will take part! I appreciate it so much.

    Have a wonderful week!

    • Hi Mareli,

      The whole ‘Foy – Fooi’ thing seems to hang together quite well. Fooi is from the Dutch dialect which ties in with the Afrikaans connection and here in the UK we have something called ‘Harvest Festival’ at the end of the crop gathering season, where everyone takes some produce to church for the Harvest Festival service of Thanksgiving, which is then distributed to the poor and elderly of the parish – which makes the produce a kind of fee for having gathered in a good harvest!

      Love spicy food, the spicier the better! Angie does make some lovely dishes, featuring cuisine from all around the world. I love visiting her site.

      Thanks for taking the time to host, I’m sure that everyone appreciates it as much as I do 🙂

  • The only word I knew was Chapbook and that’s because my sister had a poetry chapbook published years ago. I treasure my copy more than ever now.

    The first two words were totally new to me. I do know a number of names for spice blends, but I’d not heard that one before.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Actually, Angie posts recipes for quite a lot of healthy eating food too and it always looks great, so it might be worth your while stopping by her site sometime. Herbs and spices always play a big part in her dishes too!

      I had no idea what a ‘chapbook’ was and the BM article was really useful in explaining. You must really treasure the poetry your sister had published. To see someone’s name in print is always a proud moment. Going back several years now my husband and his business partner co-authored and published a coaching book for small business users and it was really lovely to see it up on the Amazon listings.

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

      • I just spotted your latest jigsaw puzzle post, which looks amazing. Really annoying about the missing piece though, especially as it is a new jigsaw. As I buy second-hand, a missing piece is only to be expected now and again, but not acceptable at the price of a new item!

        I had hoped to find this one on Amazon somewhere, firstly so that I could see an enlarged image and secondly to check availability – but that wasn’t to be. I did however find several other puzzles with artwork by the same artist, so I shall be on the lookout for those in the future.

        I’m not sure about some of the author’s other books, as I am not really into vampires and the like, however I do like the sound of ‘Mexican Gothic’ – what were your own thoughts about it? 🙂

        Thanks for sharing 🙂

        • I’m hoping I can figure out how to make the photos “enlargeable” again, but I’m not holding my breath. At least with my laptop, I can zoom in using the touch pad, much like I can do with my smartphone (and I’m sure folks reading with tablets can do the same). I’m doing pretty well with the new editor at WP in most respects, but I still don’t understand why they have to “improve” things I think work just fine to start with!

          • With the theme I am using right now, I have managed to avoid the update to the new ‘block’ format so far, but I’m sure it is only a matter of time. If it is too complicated to switch and it messes with my historic layout too much, I can foresee a parting of the ways coming on!! 🙂

            • I’m surprised you haven’t been forced into it yet. They tried to make me change last fall, but I was able to work around it. They took that away a few weeks ago. *sigh*

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