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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 30, 2016

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 several words in Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson.

1. japanned – “Her breakfast of buttered toast and chocolat chaud sat on a japanned tray at her side, and Hamish, snoring loudly, was sprawled across the bed’s embroidered silk coverlet.”

Japanning is a type of finish, usually a heavy black lacquer, almost like enamel paint.


2. tisane – “‘Are you enjoying your tisane, Miss Parr?””

Tisane is a beverage, much like tea, made by infusing herbs.


3. tumbrel – “She’d rather be paraded through the streets on a tumbrel.”

A tumbrel is an open cart that tilted backward to empty out its load, in particular one used to convey condemned prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2016 6:01 am

    Interesting words….havent ever heard of these. 🙂

  2. March 30, 2016 8:22 am

    I knew “japanned” from my art background, but the other words are new to me.

  3. March 30, 2016 8:22 am

    All three are new to me.

  4. Patty permalink
    March 30, 2016 9:28 am

    I will certainly watch my back if I ever find myself in a tumbrel.

  5. March 30, 2016 9:28 am

    Heard of tisane but couldn’t define it. No clue with the other 2.

  6. March 30, 2016 10:08 am

    I actually knew tisane.

  7. March 30, 2016 10:11 am

    I knew “japanned”, don’t ask me why! The others were new to me.

  8. March 30, 2016 10:28 am

    “Tisane” is a favorite word — so dramatic sounding!

  9. March 30, 2016 10:34 am

    Wow, all new to me. Does Japanning have anything to do with Japan? Curious about the etymology of this word. Thanks for sharing!

  10. March 30, 2016 11:31 am

    Three good ones this week, Kathy. All new to me. Tisane interests me as I love tea and some herbs, but never an herbal tea. Mmm. Will have to check.

  11. March 30, 2016 12:30 pm

    All new to me too.

  12. March 30, 2016 12:40 pm

    I think I’ve heard ‘japanned’ before, but didn’t know what it meant. I’ve never heard of a tumbrel, but I’m pretty sure I’d never want to be in one!

  13. March 30, 2016 2:06 pm

    Very interesting words this week!

  14. March 30, 2016 2:16 pm

    I guessed correctly with japanned but no luck with the others.

  15. March 30, 2016 3:26 pm

    I knew japanned but not the others.

  16. March 30, 2016 4:05 pm

    I have only read the 2nd one

  17. April 1, 2016 8:19 am

    I could have sworn tisane was a rectangle food concoction – like a meatloaf with layers. I wonder what word I’m confusing it with!

  18. bookingmama permalink
    April 6, 2016 5:59 pm

    I only knew one – tisane!

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