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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 10, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

All of my words this week come from One Day by David Nicholls.

1. temazepam – “Shortly after nine that night, Dexter left the bar with Renee van Houten, a trainee pharmacist from Rotterdam with fading henna on her hands. a jar of temazepam in her pocket and a poorly executed tattoo of Woody Woodpecker at the base of her spine.”

Temazepam isn’t in my dictionary, but according to Wikipedia, it’s a drug used for patients who have trouble maintaining sleep.


2. ghee – “That last excrutiating evening – a ‘vid night’ on a decrepit sofa, watching Star Trek: Wrath of Khan and drinking ‘tinnies’ while a curry leaked fluorescent ghee onto his Dries van Noten trousers – that was the last straw.”

Ghee is a semifluid clarified butter made especially in India.


3. conurbation – “Her road atlas was an ancient edition, with several major conurbations missing.”

A conurbation is an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.


Have you discovered any new words lately?

27 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2011 7:18 am

    I’ve considered buying ghee in the local ethnic market, so I knew that one. As a butter lover it sounds like another way to enjoy my favorite cholesterol clogging condiment!

  2. August 10, 2011 8:21 am

    Ghee is the one of these three that I knew. I read this book last year and really liked it, so much so that I’m not sure if I want to see the movie because I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed. I don’t really see Anne Hathaway as Emma.

  3. August 10, 2011 8:35 am

    I like the sound of the word conurbation. New York City comes to mind. I wonder if that would count?

  4. August 10, 2011 9:06 am

    I know what ghee is! AH HA this one I did not have to look up – chalk it up to my living in India for knowing the word. I actually used ghee to cook up the meats and vegs – not bad but it sure did light up the fire at night 🙂

  5. August 10, 2011 9:14 am

    The only one I knew was ghee. You stump me every single week! Great words, Kathy!

  6. August 10, 2011 9:20 am

    Like Beth, the only one I knew was ghee. I am surprised to find some of these words in this book, because I thought it was just sort of a fluffy read. I guess I was totally wrong!

  7. August 10, 2011 9:43 am

    I’ve tried temazepam! It’s sold as Restoril – it’s for insomnia. Doesn’t work. heh

  8. August 10, 2011 10:06 am

    I’m just thankful to learn that the word conurbation isn’t something about sex. 😀

  9. August 10, 2011 10:17 am

    Knew the first one…hm, must have heard it somewhere

  10. August 10, 2011 10:40 am

    Didn’t know “ghee.” Like the first word too. I thought of LaMaze. You know the pregnancy classes.

  11. August 10, 2011 11:39 am

    I loved the second one… the sentence I mean. I think I’m going to have to read this book.

  12. August 10, 2011 11:40 am

    The only one I’ve even seen before is ghee.

  13. August 10, 2011 11:43 am

    I wouldn’t have known any of these! wow…

  14. August 10, 2011 11:45 am

    I never taste ghee, but it seems good ! Alas conurbations are growing and growing every where. Soon we all ‘ll need Temazepan for sleeping !

  15. August 10, 2011 11:55 am

    Temazepam is a short acting benzodiazepine, that is the same class of drug as diazepam/valium. It is used for insomnia, but isn’t fantastic as any shift worker can attest. I knew ghee also, and like conurbation, it seems a sensible word when you know it.

  16. August 10, 2011 12:01 pm

    I knew ghee from a few Indian cookbooks!

  17. August 10, 2011 12:02 pm

    Interesting words, I especially liked ghee.

  18. August 10, 2011 12:05 pm

    Ghee was the only one i knew. I want to read this book before the movie comes to town. I may just wait until after I see it.

  19. August 10, 2011 12:16 pm

    Fascinating words! Ghee I’ve heard but couldn’t have defined if my life depended on it!

    I read One Day but don’t remember these words…funny, sad…lolol

    I hope you’re enjoying the book, Kathy!

  20. August 10, 2011 12:28 pm

    I could’ve used some Tamazepam last night! 😀

  21. August 10, 2011 2:14 pm

    All new ones to me, as usual.

  22. August 10, 2011 3:54 pm

    well ghee I knew..because it’s food!

  23. August 10, 2011 5:31 pm

    I seem to never discover new words…I need to work much harder at it…but I always treasure yours!!!

  24. August 10, 2011 9:53 pm

    “Conurbation”–what a cool word! You always find the most interesting ones (though I did know “ghee”). Thank you.

  25. August 10, 2011 10:08 pm

    Reading all those books that take place in India paid off!! I knew #2

  26. August 11, 2011 11:11 pm

    I can picture the color of that curry-soaked ghee …. a stain that will be impossible to get out!

  27. August 13, 2011 11:43 am

    I knew ghee. I read quite a few novels by Indian authors a few years ago. Not sure why, they just intrigued me.

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