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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 1, 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 two words in Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley.

1. turophile  – “The timing was perfect because I’d spent the morning being annoyed with Leo, who had reminded me he would be spending most of the coming weekend in a “boot camp” for turophiles at Murray’s Cheese, which meant the boys and I would be on our own, just like every other day.”

This word was pretty much defined in the sentence but I looked it up to be sure.  A turophile is a connoisseur of cheese : a cheese fancier.  I’m certainly no connoisseur but I do love cheese.


2. gravlax – “Terms like “relish tray,” and “gravlax” had me on the phone to friends’ mothers every week.”

Once I looked this up, I realized I’ve seen it before – maybe on someone’s else’s WWW post?.  Gravlax is a Nordic dish made of raw salmon, cured in salt, vinegar, and dill.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2016 6:15 am

    Sounds like a food book!

  2. June 1, 2016 7:49 am

    Think I’ll pass on the gravlax 😉

  3. June 1, 2016 9:34 am

    I misread the 2nd one as graviax. No wonder I didn’t get it! Actually, even if I had read it correctly, I wouldn’t have gotten it. It would have sounded familiar, but that’s about as close as I would have gotten. Flat-out didn’t know #1.

  4. June 1, 2016 10:24 am

    Clueless on both words!

  5. June 1, 2016 10:46 am

    I should have known turophile since I love cheese. I’m not a fan of salmon so I’m not surprised I didn’t know gravlax.

  6. June 1, 2016 11:46 am

    Two good food words Kathy. I’d like ro try the gravlax. Sounds good.

  7. June 1, 2016 12:21 pm

    Both new to me! “Turo” is not the prefix I would expect to mean cheese. I should look into the etymology. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Patty permalink
    June 1, 2016 2:14 pm

    Isn’t there a Murray’s Cheese in NYC?

  9. June 1, 2016 2:43 pm

    “Turophile” is a great word! Thanks!

  10. June 1, 2016 3:15 pm

    Gosh, I live in the land of cheese and I hadn’t come across “turophile” before reading Keep Me Posted 🙂

  11. June 1, 2016 3:18 pm

    I would probably pass on gravlax to.

  12. June 1, 2016 3:19 pm

    great words.

  13. June 1, 2016 4:58 pm

    Excellent words for foodies today, Kathy! I should have known them.

  14. June 1, 2016 5:05 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    50-50 this week – not bad odds!

    Gravlax is becoming more and more common on restaurant menus here in the UK and is quite widely available on the more discerning supermarket shelves. I quite often enjoy it as a starter to a meal if we eat out, it’s very tasty.

    Turophile is not a word I would have associated with a cheese lover in any way, shape or form – it simply doesn’t sound right! It is a great word to slip into conversation though and is relatively easy to do so.

    I love just about every cheese, with the possible exception of goat’s cheese, which I find is just too ‘tangy’ and not to my taste.

    Great words this week, although I’m not sure that the book is one I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  15. bookingmama permalink
    June 2, 2016 3:04 pm

    No idea! I had never heard of either word and I couldn’t even figure out the second one with the sentence context.

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