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Wondrous Words Wednesday
New To Me Words

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


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!

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

First up is a word I discovered whilst reading this excellent murder/mystery

Cover image of the book 'The Chalet' by author Catherine Cooper

“Hey,’ shouts someone in a logoed jacket, one of the annoying tour reps who seem to change pretty much every year, schussing to a stop next to me. ‘You taking these guys down the couloir?”

COULOIR – A steep, narrow gully on a mountainside.

Now three words from this delightful jewellery lovers mystery

Cover Image of the book 'The Monte Carlo Connection' by author Josie Goodbody

“The old man puffed idly on his cigar, his louche manner not betraying his nerves, and prodded a set of heavy gold and diamond-dust backgammon pieces around a mahogany board.”

Jemima was relieved to see that the aquamarine and diamond parure that she hoped to borrow for the gala was still there, or rather a similar one to that which had been stolen.”

“The man did as she asked and zoomed into Milos’s eyes and she told him to stop. Right there, in front of her, was a mark on the Serbian’s right eye. It looked as though the iris was leaking into the white of the eye. It was called a coloboma – James hadn’t said Columbia!”

LOUCHE – If you describe a person or place as louche, you mean that they are unconventional and not respectable, but often in a way that people find rather attractive.

PARURE – A set of jewels intended to be worn together.

COLOBOMA – A coloboma (from the Greek koloboma, meaning defect) is a hole in one of the structures of the eye, such as the iris, retina, choroid, or optic disc. The hole is usually present from birth and can be caused when a gap called the choroid fissure, which is present during early stages of prenatal development, fails to close up completely before a child is born.

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

And to round off this time, a couple more new to me words from my daily crossword puzzle


A small donkey used as a pack animal.

Burro or los burros is a card game played with Spanish playing cards. The principal objective of the game is to get four cards of the same number. The ideal number of players is from 4 to 8.

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

DORAPHOBIA – The fear of touching the fur or skin of an animal.


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

That’s all for this time, although my next post is already filling up with more new to me words. How many of this week’s did you know?  🙂

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  • Great set of words, Yvonne. I knew two of them….louche and burro. (though I didn’t know burro was also a card game!)

    I like that last word!

    • Hi Kelly,

      If I am honest, as soon as I looked up ‘burro’, I just knew I had come across it before, but I simply couldn’t recall the listed definitions!

      ‘Doraphobia’ is probably the most interesting word I came across this time and is one which I really should have known, as it affects me and goes hand in hand with my ‘ailurophobia’, fear of cats. I first came across the word in an online crossword puzzle and then I was able to use it almost immediately in my comment to a post by one of our fellow bloggers, Felicity. She was featuring a book starring an amateur hamster sleuth, another of those furry beasts I just can’t touch, and I suddenly remembered the word associated with my fear!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week 🙂

  • Burro is Spanish for donkey. It’s also used as a slur, similar to ass in English.

    Good to know about parure (I had to see how it’s pronounced). I have some sets of jewellery I always wear together, so I will call these parure from now on.

    • Hi Anca,

      When I checked out ‘burro’ and found that it had two definitions, I can vaguely remember my nan and grandad playing the card game of the same name, although that’s about as far as the memories go, as I was obviously never allowed to join in!

      I own some quite nice pieces of jewellery, but no ‘parure’. I stick to wearing the same one or two pieces though and generally not the nice bits, ‘just in case I lose them’, which is silly really, as they just sit in their cases collecting dust. I really should wear and enjoy some of it!

      Thanks for stopping by and I’m pleased you found one or two new words you liked 🙂

  • I knew louche and burro but the rest are all new to me. I thought I might have heard of couloir as I read a lot about mountains, but no.

    I came across a new word to me yesterday while reading Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert: ‘diapason’. I thought ‘what?’ LOL It means ‘a full, rich outpouring of melodious sound’. In this case a group of people all in agreement as how to run a business… all in harmony so to speak. New words are so much fun to investigate.

    • Okay! As you are the third person to make the same observation, ‘louche’ and ‘burro’ are obviously two words I should know about!! I obviously don’t get out enough, so perhaps I need to make a page a night of the dictionary my bedtime reading from now on 🙂

      I really like the word ‘diapason’, even though I keep wanting to say ‘diaspora’ which means something totally different. That’s the wonderful thing about the slightly more vintage books, the whole language of the narrative and dialogue is from a completely different era, when words like ‘diapason’ would have been everyday speak!

      Thanks for sharing and taking part in Wondrous Words Wednesday, I am hoping that Kathy will be back to take the helm again very soon 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I still can’t see the connection between the prefix ‘dora’ and fur, but never mind. It definitely applies to me though, as I can’t handle any animals with fur!

      There really does seem to be a phobia for absolutely everything. A couple of weeks ago someone featured a phobia which was a fear of the colour yellow. I was so intrigued I checked it out and sure enough, there is a different phobia for all of the individual colours, as well as one for colour in general.

      I wonder who sits and makes up all these words – can we all have a go!! 🙂 🙂

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