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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 21, 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 the advanced reader copy of The Fever by Megan Abbott.

1. effloresce – “The blue-green algal blooms effloresced at night.”

Effloresce means to burst forth: bloom.


2. ruche – “Walking toward her, his foot caught on her white Pizza House shirt, ruched in the quilt where it hit the floor.”

If I were more fashionable, I would have known this one.  Ruche means a pleated, fluted, or gathered strip of fabric used for trimming.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2014 7:43 am

    I think you have much better fashion sense than wearers of Pizza House shirts! :–)

  2. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2014 7:48 am

    LOL — Jill!!! I knew ruche but that probably doesn’t surprise you!

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 21, 2014 8:51 am

    Kathy, you made me laugh out loud –> “If I were more fashionable, I would have known this one.”

  4. May 21, 2014 9:15 am

    Fun post and comments. Good words too.

  5. May 21, 2014 9:24 am

    I had a sense of effloresce and pretty much knew ruche, living with a fashion diva for almost 43 years!

  6. May 21, 2014 9:55 am

    I’ll bet a ruche is very pretty.

  7. May 21, 2014 11:31 am

    I’m not a fashionista either, but I had a glimmer of the meaning of ruche flitting about when I saw it. The pizza house t-shirt threw me- it seems like it should be associated with something fancy! Happy Wednesday!

  8. May 21, 2014 12:37 pm

    Rouche always makes me think of my maternity tops. LOL! Most of the more fitted tees have rouched sides.

  9. May 21, 2014 12:48 pm

    I just love the sound of effloresce.

  10. May 21, 2014 3:04 pm

    Ruche sounds familiar, most be the Swedish word

  11. May 21, 2014 4:06 pm

    Knew ruche, but not the other.

  12. May 21, 2014 4:29 pm

    You don’t need to be a fashionista to know ruche, but you probably need to watch Project Runway 🙂

  13. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 21, 2014 4:52 pm

    I knew one! Ruche. That never happens. 🙂

  14. May 21, 2014 5:08 pm

    Didn’t know either one, but both are ones I can use every now and then.

  15. May 21, 2014 9:00 pm

    Effloresce is a pretty word!

  16. May 21, 2014 9:04 pm

    Effloresce is a very pretty word! It reminds me of yakamoz, a Turkish word I learned on word-stuck (

  17. May 22, 2014 11:02 am

    I’ve seen you! You are quite fashionable. I did know ruche, but effloresce is a new one. Great work.

  18. May 22, 2014 1:14 pm

    Effloresce is lovely! I sort of knew ruche.

  19. May 22, 2014 11:20 pm

    Ruche seems like too fancy of a word to be paired with “Pizza House shirt.” And I think part of the reason I’m so familiar with it is that it has shown up in a lot of swimsuit descriptions online, and I window shopped for far too long for swimsuits online before I finally found something I liked.

  20. May 23, 2014 6:18 pm

    If I were a fashionable, you’re too funny.

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