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Wondrous Words #284

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. In last week’s NY Times Book Review, I found an interesting “Bookends” feature. The two writers, Cheryl Strayed (Wild) and Allen Kirsch (Why Trilling Matters) debated “Why We Are Obsessed With the Great American Novel?.” […]

Wondrous Words #283

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. I’m offering a couple of new words from my Word-A-Day calendar. 1.  moue:  “She made a little moue, shrugged one shoulder, dipped her head ever so slightly to set the artificial bird atop her hat […]

Wondrous Words #282

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. On Tuesdays I like to play Diane’s fun meme called First Chapter First Paragraph. Each week a blogger shares the first paragraph of a book he/she is currently reading. It’s a great way to be […]

Wondrous Words #281

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. I have two more words from Personal by Lee Child. (To see my review, click the title.) 1.  pettifogging: “OK, so maybe some stupid temporary pettifogging regulation was technically against them at one point, but […]

Wondrous Words #280

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. I finally finished reading Personal by Lee Child. Here are a couple of words I discovered in the book: 1.  scrum: A long, long shot. But the glass had held, and the sound of the […]

Wondrous Words #279

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. While reading the book description for All the Light We Cannot See I found this word: 1.  agoraphobic: When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s […]

Wodndrous Words #278

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. This week I’m sharing some new-to-me words I learned from the actress, screenwriter and children’s author, Emma Thompson. An interview with her was a part of a book I recently reviewed, By the Book. Here […]

Wondrous Words #277

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. This week I have two words that I really like. I’ve been trying to use them in regular speech which isn’t easy. They are from my word-a-day calendar. 1. duende: “A dancer with duende goes […]

Wondrous Words #276

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. I have two new words – one heard verbally and one in my reading. 1. I learned a new word in a life-long learning class I’m taking on the Antebellum South: cooper: Our professor said, […]

Wondrous Words #275

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. This week I found two new words, both of them adjectives. 1.  I found this new word while I was reading a review in the LA Times about the new CBS show Madame Secretary: sardonic: […]