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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 21, 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!

I found two new words in an uncorrected proof of All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani.

1. chorine – “Alda had come to appreciate the chorines, who by reputation were considered flip and silly.”

I should have figured this one out – a chorine is a chorus girl.


2. retroussé – “Her features were ordinary — small lips and eyes, and a nose that was neither retroussé like Myrna Loy’s nor razor-straight like Joan Crawford’s.”

Retroussé means turned up.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2015 9:18 am

    1 out of 2. I’ll take it!

  2. October 21, 2015 11:12 am

    My nose is retrousse – in junior high, the annoying boy who sat behind me in math told me my nose looked like a ski jump. I think retrousse sounds much more sophisticated, and I wish I could have smacked him with that vocabulary back then! Thanks for sharing.

  3. October 21, 2015 11:50 am

    Hi Kathy

    My nose is also retrousse, so I was always called stuck up and snooty.

    My niece has the same nose, but she also refers to it as her ‘piggy’ nose.

    I haven’t come across chorine before. although like yourself, I would have been able to work it out – however it is always good to check out an exact definition, just to be certain.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting WWW 🙂


  4. October 21, 2015 1:03 pm

    I’m with Julia — I like using the word retroussé. It does sound more sophisticated.

  5. October 21, 2015 1:26 pm

    You stumped me with both words!

  6. October 21, 2015 1:29 pm

    Cool. I was a chorine in college! 🙂

  7. October 21, 2015 1:32 pm

    Didn’t know either one.

  8. Patty permalink
    October 21, 2015 3:23 pm

    Quite unusual.

  9. October 21, 2015 4:48 pm

    I didn’t know either of these words. I have encountered so many unknown-to-me words in my reading lately, it’s crazy! I enjoy your posts.

  10. October 21, 2015 4:58 pm

    Two new words for me today.

  11. October 21, 2015 11:08 pm

    Excellent words, Kathy! I hope you are enjoying the Adriana Trigiani book!

  12. October 21, 2015 11:41 pm

    Well, 50% is good. Chorine was new to me. but I encountered retrousse in my reading a while back. My retention is improving!

  13. October 23, 2015 2:24 pm

    I like your Trigiani theme week 🙂 Chorine is a neat word.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    October 27, 2015 8:07 am

    I wouldn’t have known these without context clues!

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