Every 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.
Frisson: This word seemed strange to me when I saw it in a blurb for the Val McDermid version of Northanger Abbey:
“In Northanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose visit to the stately home of a well-to-do acquaintance stirs her most macabre imaginings, with an extra frisson of suspense that only McDermid could provide.
Thanks to Wikipedia Dictionary, I learned that frisson (frēˈsôn) is French for shiver. The picture shows the physical effects of frisson — goosebumps. In addition, frisson means a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear.
That’s all for me this week. Don’t forget to visit Kathy for more Wondrous Words Wednesday.