Wondrous Words #414

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.

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.

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3 Responses to Wondrous Words #414

  1. Oooh, I like that word and will try to use it!

  2. Vicki says:

    Neat, didn’t know that!

  3. Hattie says:

    I think of the Goosebump series for boys and girls.

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