Category: Wondrous Words Wednesday

Confidential Wondrous Words

Posted November 11, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 2 Comments
Confidential Wondrous Words

Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante is the fifth book in the Maggie Hope WWII mystery spy series by Susan Elia MacNeal. Taking place in 1941 there are many cultural and social references that are unfamiliar to me, making it a great choice for BermudaOnion’s Wondrous Words Wednesday. gasolier (n): a gaslight chandelier materiel (n):  equipment, apparatus, and supplies used by an organization or institution Sally Lunn bun (n): a large bun or tea cake made with a yeast dough […]

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Wondrous Words Are What You Se..

Posted November 4, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 2 Comments
Wondrous Words Are What You See

This week’s Wondrous Words all come from What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan, the fourth book in the Ryland and Brogan thrillers. in extremis (adv): an extremely dangerous situation; at the point of death “Ms. Siskel seems to be in extremis,” Jake said. “Hope she makes it to the bathroom.” officious (adj): used to describe an annoying person who tries to tell other people what to do in a way that is not wanted […]

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Merry Wondrous Words

Posted October 28, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 4 Comments
Merry Wondrous Words

Emma Davies’ novella Merry Mistletoe is a sweet romance about a young woman trying to save her family mistletoe farm. All of my Wondrous Words come from this book and are examples of British slang. The definitions are all from the Urban Dictionary. punters (n): London slang for customers. She liked her forest green coat with red woolly hat and scarf. The punters seemed to like it too. pillock (n): British slang for a fool […]

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Words from Santa

Posted October 21, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 5 Comments
Words from Santa

This week all of my Wondrous Words come from The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay, a cozy drawing-room mystery originally written in 1936. It has a number of words that aren’t frequently used in contemporary writing. cumber (v): to overload; burden. [A word I’ve seen with prefixes and suffixes, but never the base word alone.] Gloucester’s market-day livestock and shoppers and traffic were beginning to cumber the streets as we drove in, but we […]

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More Yiddish Yammering

Posted October 14, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 7 Comments
More Yiddish Yammering

Each week, Kathy from BermudaOnion hosts Wondrous Words Wednesday, a chance to share new and interesting words we come across in our reading. I recently read two books with Jewish main characters who used a lot of words and phrases from Yiddish and thought it would be interesting to look at them as a group. These are just a few from The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan, which I reviewed yesterday. But first, here’s a little […]

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Yammering in Yiddish

Posted October 7, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 3 Comments
Yammering in Yiddish

Each week, Kathy from BermudaOnion hosts Wondrous Words Wednesday, a chance to share new and interesting words we come across in our reading. I recently read two books with Jewish main characters who used a lot of words and phrases from Yiddish and thought it would be interesting to look at them as a group. These five are all from Fear of Dying by Erica Jong, which I reviewed last week. But first, here’s a little  bit […]

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More Charming Words

Posted September 30, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 8 Comments
More Charming Words

I love new words which is why I participate in Wondrous Words Wednesday with Kathy @ BermudaOnion. This week my words come from Laura Lippmann’s Charm City, the second in the Tess Monaghan series about a Baltimore journalist turned investigator. I picked these three because they are fun to say. You can emphasize different parts of the word for a different sound. copacetic (adj): American/Canadian slang of unknown origin; very good, excellent ersatz (adj): serving […]

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Some Charming Words

Posted September 23, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 7 Comments
Some Charming Words

I love new words and words that are fun to say, which is why I participate in Wondrous Words Wednesday with Kathy @ BermudaOnion. This week my words come from Laura Lippmann’s Charm City, the second in the Tess Monaghan series about a Baltimore journalist turned investigator. They all start with the letter A. anathema (n): a thing accursed, devoted to evil; Latin origin ana (ti) thé (nai) to set up + -ma noun suffix amorphisms (n): […]

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Little Woman Words

Posted September 16, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 7 Comments
Little Woman Words

Wondrous Words Wednesday, a weekly meme for sharing new-to-you-words is hosted by Kathy @ BermudaOnion. I just finished reading Little Woman in Blue by Jeanine Atkins, a fabulous historical fiction novel about May Alcott, youngest sister of Louisa, who had an impressive artistic career for her time, working with Mary Cassatt, Degas, and luminaries of the early Impressionist movement in Paris. As alway, historical fiction lends us a boatload of archaic words and words with meanings […]

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Mindy’s Wondrous Words

Posted September 9, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 8 Comments
Mindy’s Wondrous Words

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy @ BermudaOnion where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post add your link to Mr. Linky! I just finished Mindy Kaling’s first book of humor essays Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? It was hysterically funny, and very smart, as most […]

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