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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 19, 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 more words in Shadows in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter.

1. plonk – “Onto bottles filled with this plonk the négociants slapped the typical labels with négociant brand, but also, often with the name of a specific vineyard.”

I love the sound of plonk but not its meaning.  Plonk is cheap or inferior wine.


2. courtesan – “In the words of Marcelle Tinayre, a neighbor and close friend of the Poissons, Madame Poisson gave her daughter the ‘education of a superior courtesan.'”

I had a vague idea of what a courtesan was but I wasn’t sure so I thought I’d look it up.  I suspect people who read a lot of historical fiction will know this but I was rather surprised to discover a courtesan is a prostitute with a courtly, wealthy, or upper class clientele.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2014 5:57 am

    I knew courtesan but not plonk 🙂
    No www for me this week but hopefully next week.

  2. November 19, 2014 7:55 am

    No plonk for me … life is too short. I’m going to have fun with this new word!

  3. November 19, 2014 8:45 am

    I was pretty sure that courtesan was an prostitute to the upper class, but plonk is new to me. I like the sounds of it too.

  4. November 19, 2014 8:46 am

    edit: a prostitute.

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 19, 2014 9:14 am

    Today is a good day – I knew both words!

  6. November 19, 2014 9:37 am

    I’m with you Kathy – I like the sound of plonk but expected a different meaning. I suspected courtesan too – thanks for confirming.

  7. November 19, 2014 9:40 am

    A courtesan would never drink plonk!

  8. November 19, 2014 9:54 am

    I can’t swear that I would have been able to describe the relationship to the high class clientele – but maybe. Definitely didn’t know plonk.

  9. Patty permalink
    November 19, 2014 11:46 am

    I love the word plonk but I might be confusing it with plunk…which I also like!

  10. November 19, 2014 11:58 am

    I knew courtesan but not plonk

  11. November 19, 2014 1:35 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I haven’t taken part in this meme for a few weeks now, but I am so pleased that I did today, as I know both words!

    Plonk is an everyday word here in the UK, athough it is not always used to denote a cheap or inferior wine, but as a colloquialism for any wine. I was surprised to learn however, that the word originated in Australia, before it arrived on our shores.

    Thanks for sharing and for continuing to give us all the opportunity to share our quirky words!


  12. November 19, 2014 2:44 pm

    Even though I’m now living in the heart of US wine country, I didn’t know plonk. It could be that’s a forbidden word here. Wine is definitely taken very seriously.

  13. November 19, 2014 3:32 pm

    Wohoo finally one I knew, cos yes I read a lot of his fic

  14. November 19, 2014 5:02 pm

    Ah, we only drink plonk….

  15. November 19, 2014 6:12 pm

    Plonk was completely new to me. It’s a great word to know and use!

  16. November 20, 2014 8:42 am

    Knew courtesan. Didn’t know plonk. I like the sound of plonk too.

  17. swright9 permalink
    November 23, 2014 5:11 pm

    I was 1-1 today. I didn’t know plonk … but I think I should. Plenty of plonk over the years.

  18. November 23, 2014 9:44 pm

    I didn’t know the real meaning of plonk but often use it as a sound such as “I plonked the plate on the table.” Now I know. 🙂

    Courtesan, yes. As in, I do know what it means…

  19. bookingmama permalink
    December 4, 2014 10:36 pm

    Didn’t know plonk but I guess I’ve read enough historical fiction to know courtesan.

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