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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 1, 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!

My first word came from Her by Harriet Lane.

1. matelot – “‘Her matelot top.”

Matelot means sailor.  Once again, I’m showing just how little fashion know-how I have – I actually own a matelot top.

matelot top


My second word came from The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield.

2. bibulous – “He never appeared as a bibulous sort of drunk.”

This is one of those words I feel like I should know but can’t quite define.  Bibulous can mean highly absorbent or, as in this case, fond of alcoholic beverages.


My third word came from The Mouse-Proof Kitchen by Saira Shah

3. sybaritic – “I feel too that this baby shares with him a sybaritic love of physical sensation.”

Sybaritic means fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure.


 What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 1, 2014 7:23 am

    Matelot? I never knew!

  2. October 1, 2014 7:43 am

    Love it! I enjoy picking up on new words!

  3. October 1, 2014 8:19 am

    It’s called a matelot? Who knew?

    Curious to hear what you think of The Mouse-Proof Kitchen. It’s been on my kindle for months.

  4. bookingmama permalink
    October 1, 2014 8:36 am

    All three are new to me… and if it makes you feel any better, I had no idea what matelot was.

  5. October 1, 2014 8:45 am

    The “b” word made me think of some sort of stomach problem. Both words are new ones for me.

  6. October 1, 2014 9:26 am

    One of my better outings. Knew bibulous. Had a rough idea about sybaritic. Never heard of matelot.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 1, 2014 10:05 am

    Matelot is new to me!

  8. October 1, 2014 12:28 pm

    I love those shirts! I didn’t know they had a special name.

  9. October 1, 2014 12:57 pm

    I was always told never to wear a mate lot top because it allegedly makes you look wider! LOL

  10. October 1, 2014 1:10 pm

    All new to me – and Latin roots weren’t helping today.

  11. October 1, 2014 2:35 pm

    I used to have a matelot navy with white stripes, the reverse of your photo. Sybaritic I have come across before although I had forgotten the meaning. Bibulous is new.

  12. October 1, 2014 3:23 pm

    All new for me!!

  13. October 1, 2014 3:37 pm

    These were one’s I never heard of, thanks! for sharing them.

  14. October 1, 2014 3:44 pm

    I do not own a matelot top

  15. October 1, 2014 5:08 pm

    Three words from three different books! I never heard the word matelot before.

  16. October 1, 2014 9:02 pm

    That is a cute matelot! I love that style. I would never have guessed the meaning of sybaritic. Interesting!

  17. October 1, 2014 9:26 pm

    Hey! I like the look of that sweater! 😉

  18. October 2, 2014 2:36 am

    Ooh, I like the word “sybaritic.” Gonna have to figure out a way to work it into conversation.

  19. October 2, 2014 1:45 pm

    Never heard of Matelot either but I knew sybaritic. Hmmmm.

  20. October 2, 2014 2:01 pm

    I’ve never heard matelot either. I’m so lazy when it comes to seeing a word in a book and just skipping over it. :-/

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