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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 10, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

My words for this week came from Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter.

1. fiaker – ““Auf Wiedersehen, gnädige Frau, mein Herr,” said the fiaker, doffing his round, flat hat.”

According to this site, fiaker means

Fiaker, Viennese term for a two-horse, numbered hackney carriage, as opposed to the earlier, unnumbered carriages called “Janschky-Wagen” and one-horse “Comfortables”); “fiaker” also refers to the carriage driver.

Obviously, it means the driver in this case.


2. crevette – “One perfect rose, the colors of crevettes.”

I should have known this one!  Crevette is French for shrimp.


3. revers – “My gray flannel jacket had a tiny emerald green stand-up collar, wide revers, and cuffs.”

You can tell I don’t know much about fashion – revers is a lapel, especially on a woman’s garment.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2012 5:53 am

    I never know fashion words! Oddly, my husband usually does!

  2. Kaye permalink
    October 10, 2012 7:46 am

    Don’t think I can fit any of these fun words into conversations in the near future but it’s great to learn the definitions.

  3. October 10, 2012 8:09 am

    Crevette is the only one I’ve come across before. Revers seems an unusual word.

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 10, 2012 8:37 am

    Great words, Kathy. I kinda guessed crevette, but the others had me stumped!

  5. joyweesemoll permalink
    October 10, 2012 9:26 am

    All new words to me. I could use revers, if I can remember it.

    I think the Mister Linky isn’t working today.

    Here’s my word: sapper

  6. October 10, 2012 9:45 am

    All new to me today.

  7. October 10, 2012 10:25 am

    Crevette I have heard before, but I couldn’t remember what it was.

  8. October 10, 2012 10:30 am

    All new to me

  9. October 10, 2012 10:43 am

    I love crevette, especially scampi.

  10. October 10, 2012 10:47 am

    I love all the Frenchness about these words today! I love thee Wednesdays! I learn something new every time!

  11. October 10, 2012 11:33 am

    I only knew revers, and I like how crevette is used to describe the color of a rose.

  12. October 10, 2012 12:25 pm

    crevette i knew..not sure why…and as usual, I am happy with one of of three!

  13. October 10, 2012 12:54 pm

    HI Kathy,

    I am not usually keen on reading true stories, however this one does sound intriguing and emotional, definitely one I would seriously consider, if I came across it.

    The only one of your words this week that I didn’t know, is ‘Fiaker’, although knowing the definition doesn’t really help any, as it is not a word that slides easily off the tongue and into general conversation!

    Great post, thanks for sharing,


  14. October 10, 2012 2:14 pm

    I love the words you shared, they are not really new to me but they are beautiful. (Fiaker makes me think of Vienna, which is always a good memory!)

  15. October 10, 2012 2:22 pm

    Those are all completely new to me! Evidently I need to learn more French words.

  16. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 10, 2012 4:48 pm

    Revers? Cool. Who knew! 😉

  17. October 10, 2012 6:28 pm

    For some reason, I like the sound of crevette 🙂

  18. Patty permalink
    October 10, 2012 7:53 pm

    Crevette also sounds like a very French food!

  19. October 10, 2012 8:05 pm

    Crevette, is also shrimp in Polish, Rever is sort of a dated word though isn’t it. Great words though. How’s the book?

  20. bookingmama permalink
    October 11, 2012 4:30 pm

    I didn’t know revers either. Of course, I swear I never know many of the words you feature on here despite reading a lot!

  21. October 11, 2012 8:27 pm

    Rever is a very cool word!

  22. October 13, 2012 8:59 am

    There really is SO MUCH to fashion, isn’t there?!

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