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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 26, 2014

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!

I found two words in Starter House by Sonja Condit.

1. torchon – “She smudged with her thumb and a paper torchon; she sprayed fixative and let it dry and then worked new layers over it.”

According to my dictionary, a torchon is a dustcloth or bundle of straw used for wiping.  Neither of those definitions made sense to me in the context of the sentence so I did a little more digging.  I discovered that a torchon or tortillon is a blending stump.  You can read more about them here.


2. cozen– “They would do the worst thing they could, but mostly she could cozen them out of their rage.”

Cozen means to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2014 8:15 am

    Torchon sounds like a torture device! And so does the definition! LOL

  2. Patty permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:03 am

    I always want to join in with new words…but…every time I come up with one…you already found it!

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:49 am

    Both words were new to me!

  4. March 26, 2014 10:02 am

    Great words, both new to me.

  5. March 26, 2014 10:25 am

    Cozen sounds like ‘teaching at a high school’.

  6. joyweesemoll permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:34 am

    I’ve used a torchon, but didn’t know to call it that! Cozen is a useful word (and skill).

  7. March 26, 2014 10:54 am

    Cozen shows up in Georgette Heyer books on a regular basis. Like joyweesemoll, I have used a torchon but didn’t know the name – we just called it a smudge stick, which weirdly enough also had a bundle definition – “a bundle of dried herbs, usually bound with string in a small bundle and dried. Later burned as part of a ritual or ceremony.”

  8. March 26, 2014 11:00 am

    These are both good words. It’s interesting how a word can have so many different meanings.

  9. March 26, 2014 11:15 am

    I didn’t know either of those words either! I want to participate next week. I keep meaning to, but I always forget. But I’ve decided it will be easier for me if I do all the words in a book once I finish it instead of trying to keep up as I go!

  10. March 26, 2014 1:01 pm

    Wonderful, wondrous words. Cozen is a good one to know and use.

  11. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 26, 2014 1:07 pm

    Cozen? I like that.

  12. March 26, 2014 1:48 pm

    I like the word cozen. I’d like to improve my cozen skills.

  13. March 26, 2014 2:45 pm

    I’ve got some art background, and I often used a torchon with pencils and pastels. I agree with the other comments… I like cozen and need to perfect the practice! Thanks for sharing.

  14. March 26, 2014 3:24 pm

    two new words for me today.

  15. March 26, 2014 6:15 pm

    Both are new to me!

  16. March 27, 2014 1:12 am

    torchon – what an odd word. Not sure I’ll be using that one too soon

  17. March 27, 2014 2:14 am

    Two new words for me today.

  18. bookingmama permalink
    March 29, 2014 6:54 pm

    Good ones — I don’t think I’ve ever come across either one.

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