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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 24, 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!

This week’s words came from Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran.

1. embrasure – “We stand together in the window embrasure, next to a sign advertising Madame du Barry.”

In this case, embrasure means a recess of a door or window.


2. fichu – “The heart is beating again, and mine flutters under my fichu.”

A fichu is a woman’s light triangular scarf that is draped over the shoulders and fastened in front or worn to fill in a low neckline.


3. lorgnette – “Curtius went to the trouble of purchasing a lorgnette fan for me, with a brass and ivory spyglass set in the center.”

Lorgnette is a pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a handle.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2013 4:03 am

    I like fichu! I’m back with the latest Italian edition. 🙂

  2. July 24, 2013 8:34 am

    Wow, fichu is totally new and not at all what I expected! Cool words.

  3. July 24, 2013 9:18 am

    I would have loved it if she had written, We stand together in the embrasure, embracing….

  4. July 24, 2013 10:01 am

    good words

  5. July 24, 2013 10:09 am

    Fichu was an interesting one. That one is new to me.

  6. July 24, 2013 10:42 am

    I see fichu all the time and have never bothered with it. Good to have a more definite idea.

  7. Patty permalink
    July 24, 2013 11:30 am

    I never have good words…that’s why I like yours!

  8. July 24, 2013 11:49 am

    Hi Kathy,

    I am so amazed … I knew all your words this week … you usually manage to fox me on at least one or two of them!

    I am not sure whether I know them because I am recalling them from my school day French lessons, or because our own English language is not so different from that of our French neighbours after all, despite the fact that as a nation we make so much noise about learning other languages and the vast majority of French people make no effort to learn any other language whatsoever.

    The book your words come from, sounds like an excellent read, in fact after having checked out her website, Michelle is an author I shall be adding to my future reading list.

    Thanks for hosting and sharing your words this week.


  9. July 24, 2013 11:53 am

    Embrasure sounds vaguely familiar, but the other two are new to me. Love fichu.

  10. July 24, 2013 1:48 pm

    Great words! I knew embrasure but not the others this week.

  11. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 24, 2013 2:20 pm

    More great words! I knew lorgnette and embrasure, but fichu was new to me.

  12. July 24, 2013 2:40 pm

    I’m the opposite of Beth. The only one I didn’t know was fichu. I didn’t know my triangular scarves had a fancy name. Nice to know.

  13. July 24, 2013 4:01 pm

    I knew the word lorgnette from somewhere, good words.

  14. July 24, 2013 4:13 pm

    Wonderful words–I should have known embrasure, but I didn’t.

  15. July 24, 2013 4:15 pm

    Thanks for giving me the appropriate word to use for that place where a door or window recesses into the side of a building. “We stood in the embrasure until the rain passed.”

  16. July 24, 2013 5:09 pm

    I love your words. I would love to read Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. I enjoyed Nefertiti so much.

  17. July 24, 2013 7:22 pm

    Love these words! I’ll be using embrasure a lot…we’re in our rainy season and that’s where we hide out until the rain lets up!

  18. July 25, 2013 12:47 am

    This book looks fantastic and these new words make me feel smarter already. Fichu is my favorite.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    July 25, 2013 11:48 am

    Only knew one! I’m wondering how I can use fichu in my everyday speech! Such a cool word.

  20. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    July 28, 2013 5:58 pm

    I liked all of those words, most especially the third one!

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