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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 6, 2013

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 this week come from The Living End by Robert Leleux.

1. recamier – “Because JoAnn could Camille it up with the best of them – posing limply on a recamier with one lily-white hand poised on her brow, just so, like some consumptive out of a nineteenth-century novel.”

A recamier is a sometimes backless couch with a high curved headrest and low footrest.



2. chorine – “At that age, I was often able, when in the company of strangers, only to shift between two excruciating gears in my personality: I was either unbearably sheepish, to the point of finding direct eye contact agonizing, or I was almost superhumanly brassy, like some thirties spit-curled chorine.”

A chorine is a chorus girl.


What words do you want to celebrate today?


28 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2013 4:14 am

    I love a recamier although I had no idea that’s what they were called. The book sounds really good. The language seems fresh and a bit snarky.

  2. February 6, 2013 4:18 am

    Love your description of her lying on the re……like a consumptive with her hand at her head. Fabulous.

  3. February 6, 2013 4:18 am

    Sorry, don’t have a word today.

  4. February 6, 2013 7:42 am

    I wonder if there’s any difference then between a recamier and a chaise longue- which is what I would have called the chair in that picture. Chorine makes sense when you think about it- I thought it was chlorine of course at first glance.

  5. February 6, 2013 8:17 am

    Yes, re Louise’s comment! It would feel like calling someone Chlorine! LOL

  6. February 6, 2013 8:42 am

    Ooo I like chorine! I gotta remember that one!

  7. February 6, 2013 9:33 am

    I often sold recamiers when I had my shop.

  8. February 6, 2013 10:44 am

    I adore this meme. One of the things that I enjoy most about using an eReader is the ease of looking up words. I am constantly finding interesting new vocabulary. I added your meme to the Book Blog 411 calendar.

  9. February 6, 2013 10:46 am

    I would love a recamier, a blanket and a book.

  10. February 6, 2013 11:03 am

    The word recamier sort of reminds me of recliner.

  11. February 6, 2013 11:06 am

    I think I might need a recamier.

  12. February 6, 2013 11:35 am

    I love how you often include pictures with your words. I should think about adding that to my posts… If you just had the synonym “recliner”, I wouldn’t have thought of the right piece of furniture. With the picture, I thought, “Oh, THAT thing!” Thanks! And I, like Carol, could use one right now (hand rests on brow…)

  13. February 6, 2013 1:54 pm

    That looks like a cozy recamier! Chorine is such an interesting term for choir girl- I wouldn’t have guessed.

  14. February 6, 2013 2:05 pm

    I recall recamiers from my teenage years. Those were the couches all the sexy movie stars posed on for the fan magazines.

  15. February 6, 2013 2:15 pm

    I love this feature so much!! I have always dreamed of having a recamier in my house, so I can sprawl dramatically across it whenever the mood strikes. Unfortunately none of the rooms in any apartment/house I’ve lived in have had enough space for such luxuries. *sigh* One day……

    I like the word chorine, but I LOVE it when it’s preceded by “thirties spit-curled.” 🙂

  16. zibilee permalink
    February 6, 2013 2:27 pm

    I have always wanted a recamier for my reading room! I loved these words today!

  17. February 6, 2013 2:48 pm

    Ohh fancy 🙂

  18. February 6, 2013 2:49 pm

    Ooh, both of these are good words!

  19. Brona permalink
    February 6, 2013 3:21 pm

    Recamier and chorine are now permanently lodged in my brain as lounges for consumptives and spit-curled chorus girls!

  20. February 6, 2013 4:06 pm

    Lovely illustration of the recamier! Excellent words today, both new-to-me, Kathy! 🙂

  21. talesofwhimsy permalink
    February 6, 2013 4:50 pm

    I want one of those!

  22. February 6, 2013 5:32 pm

    I would love to have a recamier in my bedroom! Great words today Kathy.

  23. Patty permalink
    February 6, 2013 9:40 pm

    I think that Residence Inns have recamiers in them! They truly do!

  24. February 7, 2013 1:12 am

    i love recamiers .. like both the words and will try to use both..

  25. bookingmama permalink
    February 7, 2013 11:59 am

    I always wondered what those couches were called.

  26. February 7, 2013 1:32 pm

    Oooh I need a recamier. FANCY.

  27. February 7, 2013 5:44 pm

    Those are hilarious words to me!! I can’t even pronounce them 😀 Maybe that is where recliner came from…recamier???

  28. February 8, 2013 10:58 am

    I love recamiers but that isn’t what we call them although at this moment I can’t remember what the name is but it sounds better than recamier. Lol.

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