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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 24, 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 What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

1. sultana – “They’d read that the baby was the size of a sultana by now.”

In this case, sultana means a pale yellow seedless grape grown for raisins and wine.


2. fossick – “She was fossicking through somebody else’s private stuff.”

Fossick is a word that’s chiefly used in Australia and New Zealand, which makes sense because the book is set in Australia.  Fossick means to search about: rummage.


3. punnet – “If I hurt myself unexpectedly, or drop a punnet of blueberries all over the kitchen floor, it bubbles over like boiling milk.”

I could tell a punnet was some type of container, so I wasn’t surprised to see it’s a small basket for fruits or vegetables.


Have you discovered any new words lately?

28 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2011 4:28 am

    Luv all your words this week. The words are “wondrous.” My favorites are “sultana” and “punnet.” The baby is so tiny. Is it premature??? What a sweet way to describe a baby.

  2. August 24, 2011 5:55 am

    Interesting! I always thought a sultana was a kind of political/royal position in Asian or Middle Eastern countries. I didn’t realize it was also a grape!

  3. August 24, 2011 6:10 am

    Oooh, I love fossicking, Fun! I think I have to use that, today, at some point.

  4. August 24, 2011 6:21 am

    I love fossick, ha, so gonna try to use it

  5. August 24, 2011 8:31 am

    I would have thought that sultana was a female sultan. 😉 Great words today!

  6. August 24, 2011 8:48 am

    fossicking sounds like a fun activity. Great words.

  7. August 24, 2011 8:52 am

    I thought a sultana was the English version of a cashew! Shows what I know! Very cool words today!

  8. August 24, 2011 9:02 am

    I’m surprised you haven’t seen sultana before – it’s in a lot of recipes, and you do a lot of cooking! …although, it’s usually in dessert recipes, and you seem to be blessed with a lack of sweet tooth! :–)

  9. August 24, 2011 9:05 am

    Sultana means that? I had no idea. I feel so informed now 🙂

  10. August 24, 2011 10:08 am

    I actually new sultana, but I do like fossick.

  11. August 24, 2011 10:41 am

    I always thought the sultana was the raisin itself! Oops.

  12. August 24, 2011 11:24 am

    Also liked sultana,never heard of it before.

  13. August 24, 2011 11:38 am

    I have this book on reserve at the library so, when it comes in, I’ll be ready for sultana, fossick, and punnet. Hope I can remember them.

  14. August 24, 2011 11:56 am

    I had forgotten about sultana in this book. 🙂 Great words this week!

  15. August 24, 2011 12:02 pm

    As usual, your words are very interessant. I never heard somebody comparing a baby with a grape !

  16. August 24, 2011 1:09 pm

    I keep forgetting to write down the words I find in my books or tagging the page. I’m putting a sticky note on my current read now to remind me!

  17. August 24, 2011 1:38 pm

    Fascinating words. I love learning words used in other countries. I’m familiar with many British words but not Australian.
    I had no idea sultana was a grape. Fossick and punnet don’t sound like what they areto me but I’m not at all familiar with them. I didn’t realize What Alice Forgot was Australian but that adds to my interest in reading it.

    I hope you’re enjoying it, Kathy!

  18. August 24, 2011 3:03 pm

    I frequently fossick through my purse! Great word!

  19. kaye permalink
    August 24, 2011 3:21 pm

    I thought those words looked familiar. I had skipped right over the part where you said the words came from What Alice Forgot – an enjoyable book, btw. I hope you liked it also.

  20. August 24, 2011 3:26 pm

    Great words, Kathy. I didn’t know sultana!

  21. August 24, 2011 3:44 pm

    Wasn’t What Alice Forgot a wonderful book? Unusual words and all!

  22. August 24, 2011 4:39 pm

    Sorry, Annie’s link didn’t work for me.(: I tried twice.

  23. August 24, 2011 5:31 pm

    Wow! Great words! I should try to use them (or lose them). 🙂

  24. August 24, 2011 8:09 pm

    I remember sultana from a book I read not that long ago! Great new words today Kathy!

  25. August 24, 2011 8:35 pm

    These must be Australian words!

  26. August 24, 2011 10:59 pm

    Fossick sounds really racy… yes been reading my HR with a wicked time to linger and fossick in the passion of my heroines 🙂

  27. August 25, 2011 1:20 am

    Finally, a word I know! Sultana.

  28. Veens permalink
    August 25, 2011 3:58 am

    Sultana is a word that I thought I knew, and I was right. Actually there are more meanings to this word (I think).

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