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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 10, 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!

These are the final two words I found in Mademoiselle Chanel by C. W. Gortner.  I really expanded my vocabulary when I read this great book!

1. satyr – “He was still here with me, tangible, his dark green eyes warm, his thick hair tousled as he leaned over me, a satyr of musk, to whisper, ‘Remember, Coco, you are only a woman . . .’”

Satyr has its origin in Greek mythology and has come to mean a lecherous man.


2. blackamoor – “Misia’s two blackamoors, which I had not been able to part with, seemed to welcome me deeper within, the clack of my heels silenced by the thick beige carpet as I glanced toward the looking-glass kaleidoscope of my salon.”

A blackamoor is a dark skinned person.  My dictionary didn’t say so, but I have a feeling this was a derogatory term.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2015 7:50 am

    Oh, I’m excited to say I know these two! I just read The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, historical fiction, and ended up with about 30 words! That’s going to keep me in Wednesdays for months!

  2. joyweesemoll permalink
    June 10, 2015 8:51 am

    I’ve seen both of those, but I’m not sure I ever looked them up. Thanks!

  3. beth hoffman permalink
    June 10, 2015 9:37 am

    I knew both words!

  4. June 10, 2015 10:53 am

    I’ve seen satyr before. I wasn’t familiar with the other word, and it doesn’t sound like a good word to use.

  5. June 10, 2015 11:54 am

    I’ve seen both words too. The second word makes me remember this book I’ve wanted to read about blackamoors in Britain. I’m sure it’s an old book. “Satyr of musk” makes me think of Beauty and the Beast for some reason. Did he have a nasty odor?

  6. June 10, 2015 12:11 pm

    My mythology knowledge is poor, so I’m familiar with satyr but never knew exactly what it meant, until today! Thanks Kathy!

  7. June 10, 2015 1:34 pm

    I’ve seen satyr before, but I couldn’t have said the definition.

  8. June 10, 2015 2:15 pm

    New to me words, Kathy! Thanks for a terrific WWW post!

  9. Patty permalink
    June 10, 2015 3:22 pm

    Oh my goodness…

  10. June 10, 2015 3:33 pm

    Satyr I knew

  11. June 10, 2015 3:45 pm

    Two new ones for me.

  12. June 10, 2015 4:04 pm

    Missed Mailbox Monday. Sorry. Always fun.

  13. June 10, 2015 5:21 pm

    thanks, didn’t know either of these.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    June 12, 2015 7:37 am

    I knew the first one — probably because I told mythology classes!

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