Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday - Jan 13 2006

One of my reading goals this year is to do a better job of keeping track of new-to-me words in I come across. I decided I should share them here every week or so, and as I considered the idea, it occurred to me that this would be a great weekly meme. And of course, if it really is a good idea, someone out there must be doing it already. So I went on a meme-hunt, and sure enough, someone is! No need to reinvent the wheel, so I will be participating in Wondrous Words Wednesday hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion as often as I have words to share. Sometimes this words will be completely new to me, and other times they will be words I am familiar with, and maybe even use correctly, but when I think about how to explain the meaning, I’m lost — I have to look it up. It’s all about expanding my vocabulary!

Here are the words I want to share this first week. These were all discovered in my reading of The Secrets of Lizzie Borden by Brandy Purdy.

odalisque - female slave; concubine in a harem
“...sitting wretchedly at his feet, like an odalisque in a tyrannical sultan’s harem…”  - page 138

lorgnette - pair of eyeglasses attached to a handle
“...and I had some lovely lorgnettes, silver and gold, with enameled and jeweled accents that I wore on long glittering chains around my neck…”  - page 234

frisson - a sudden strong feeling or emotion
“The moment our eyes was electricity and ectasy, a quivering, rapturous frisson rippling through our bodies head to toe.”  - page 245

peccadillo - small mistake or fault that is not regarded as very bad or serious
“And everyone she knew had her own peccadilloes…” - pg 252

mousseline - a fine sheer fabric (as of rayon) that resembles muslin
“...just like a dream, in a flowing gown of soft pink mousseline…” - pg 254

What new-to-you words have you discovered this week?
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  1. I'm glad you're joining in on this celebration of new-to-us words. I like the word lorgnette. I've seen them in pictures but didn't know what they were called.

  2. Welcome to WWW! You found some great words! Like Margot, I've seen lorgnettes but never knew there is a specific word for them.

  3. Welcome! Lorgnettes is the only word in your list that I knew. I don't know why I knew it! The rest of your words are wonderful, thanks for sharing.