Wondrous Words Wednesday … Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading
This would usually be my post as part of the ‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ meme, which is hosted by the lovely Kathy @ BermudaOnion blog. However, Kathy is taking an extended and well-earned break from blogging, so I am sending her all Best Wishes and hope to have her back again very soon, she is sorely missed 🙂
I have so many new to me words stacking up, that I thought I would share just a few of them with you anyway, in the hope that Kathy won’t mind too much! Hurry back Kathy, I’m only keeping your seat warm!
My first word this time is taken from one of my recently read psychological thrillers –
“She started planning their family when she was a teenager – practising her married signature, making lists of baby names that went well with Walker. That was long before she knew anything about sperm counts or motility or ejaculation blockages”
Motility is the ability of an organism to move independently, using metabolic energy. This is in contrast to mobility, which describes the ability of an object to be moved. Motility is genetically determined, but may be affected by environmental factors.
Next up is a word I came across in this 5 star murder / mystery –
“Did you like it? I mean I don’t mind a bit of exercise, but spending all day with noisy kids whilst canoeing, ghyll scrambling and whatever else, is not exactly a pleasurable job to have”
GHYLL – A gill or ghyll is a ravine or narrow valley in the North of England and other parts of the United Kingdom. The word originates from the Old Norse gil.
GHYLL SCRAMBLING – Suitable for everyone from beginners through to adrenaline hunters Ghyll scrambling involves travelling up or down a mountain stream with plenty of short climbs slides and jumps to ensure you are truly wet by the end of the activity.
Next up a word from this lovely WWII romance.
“All three of the Carmichael boys were courageous and skilful shinty players. In her mind’s eye Flora could see them practising with their sticks on the beach, their long limbs stretching with athletic ease as they flicked the ball from one to another”
SHINTY – Is a team game played with curved sticks and a ball. Shinty is now played mainly in the Scottish Highlands, and amongst Highland migrants to the big cities of Scotland, but it was formerly more widespread in Scotland, and was even played for a considerable time in northern England and other areas in the world where Scottish Highlanders migrated. While comparisons are often made with field hockey, the two games have several important differences…
This word I came across when completing one of my regular daily online crosswords –
CAPO – A clamp fastened across all the strings of a fretted musical instrument to raise their tuning by a chosen amount.
Four new to me words this time, how many did you recognise?