Wondrous Words #259

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

My first word came from a book review in Publisher’s Weekly for the book Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker.

trope: “What he does, and to a magnificent degree, is to invest classic tropes with vigor, through depth of character revealed by a glance, a gesture or even silence.”

There are two meanings for trope. In this case it means a significant or recurrent theme.


My second word is from the product description of Year Round Slow Cooking by Dina Cheney.

unctuous: If you’re watching your budget, they’re well worth the $30 they cost since they can turn the ch”eapest cuts of meat into unctuous, mouth-watering results worthy of a five-star restaurant.”

I looked up unctuous and I believe the author of the book description used the wrong word. Here is the definition of unctuous. See if you think it fits.

Unctuous is an adjective that means fatty, oily and smooth and greasy in texture or appearances. I don’t know about you but I don’t put a chuck roast in my slow cooker hoping for a greasy outcome. That just has to be a wrong word choice. What do you think?

That’s it for me this week. I hope you found some words worth celebrating. Feel free to join Wondrous Words Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kathy for the details.

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3 Responses to Wondrous Words #259

  1. I think you’re right about the author’s use of unctuous – who would ever hope for an outcome like that?

  2. Julia Tomiak says:

    With the popularity of deep fat fried foods in our country, we must consider that some people like fatty/ greasy food. Maybe it conveys a moist piece of meat? Good questions, Margot.

  3. Heard of trope, but not unctuous.

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