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!
First up is a word I discovered whilst reading this excellent murder/mystery
“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
“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.
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.
DORAPHOBIA – The fear of touching the fur or skin of an animal.
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? 🙂