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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 15, 2015

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 this week was in The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby.

1. toile – “The Ladies couldn’t whip up a toile themselves, for obvious reasons.”

I thought toile was a type of fabric and that could fit here but it didn’t seem quite right, so I looked it up.  I discovered that toile is a type of fabric and it’s also a mock-up model of a garment.  The second definition fits this sentence.


I found my second word when I looked at the Giraffe Cam set up at the Dallas Zoo.

2. reticulated giraffe – “The Giraffe Conservation Foundation estimates that Katie is one of about 4,700 reticulated giraffes left in the world.”

I wasn’t sure what reticulated meant so decided to look it up.  I was surprised to discover “reticulated giraffe” in my dictionary.  A reticulated giraffe is a giraffe of a subspecies found in northeast Africa, Somalia, and northern Kenya that has a deep chestnut-colored coat divided by a network of fine white lines into large geometric patches.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2015 6:50 am

    You might have been thinking of tulle at first.

  2. April 15, 2015 8:05 am

    I’d love to see a pic of the reticulated giraffe!

  3. April 15, 2015 8:58 am

    I too thought of fabric when I saw toile. Like Toile de Jouy, a printed fabric. I found an image of toile but could not get it to show here. Anyway. Thanks for the new use of the word.

  4. April 15, 2015 9:16 am

    Kathy, I’d have been a bit surprised as well to see the definition for reticulated giraffe in the dictionary! Wonderful words today!

  5. beth hoffman permalink
    April 15, 2015 9:54 am

    I’ve never heard of a reticulated giraffe!

  6. April 15, 2015 12:55 pm

    I thought toile was a fabric as well, but I don’t have much experience with fabrics. Thanks for clearing that up!

  7. April 15, 2015 2:13 pm

    That subspecies of giraffe sounds beautiful.

  8. April 15, 2015 2:38 pm

    I’m adding seeing a reticulated giraffe to my ‘Top 100’ wish-list! Great choices sweetie!

  9. April 15, 2015 3:35 pm

    That reticulated giraffe sounds like the one in our claws and paws where I live.

  10. Patty permalink
    April 15, 2015 4:11 pm

    These were very interesting!

  11. April 15, 2015 4:19 pm

    New to me

  12. April 15, 2015 8:11 pm

    I wonder why the giraffe is a subspecies. Thanks, great words.

  13. April 16, 2015 12:36 am

    It’s weird but saying reticulated aloud makes me think of the ticking of a clock.

  14. April 16, 2015 5:16 pm

    I know toile but reticulated is new to me. The Giraffe cam sounds fun!

  15. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2015 10:04 pm

    I knew about the giraffe but I was confused by toile. Good to know!

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