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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 29, 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 a couple words in Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh.

1. koan – “All in the service of the equation, the wordless sentence, the numeric koan in the secret language of God.”

A koan is a paradoxical riddle, used in Zen Buddhism, to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning.


2. apocrine – “In the control room men crowd in shoulder to shoulder, aftershave and coffee breath and sharp apocrine sweat, one another’s personal smells.”

Apocrine means of or relating to certain glands whose secretions are acted upon by bacteria to produce the characteristic odor of perspiration.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2016 5:26 am

    Sounds like I’d be skipping the control room …..

  2. June 29, 2016 9:25 am


  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 29, 2016 10:17 am

    I echo what Lloyd said!

  4. June 29, 2016 11:59 am

    No to both.

  5. June 29, 2016 12:04 pm

    Apocrine sweat sounds like something distasteful even before the definition.

  6. June 29, 2016 2:20 pm

    No for me also.

  7. Patty permalink
    June 29, 2016 2:36 pm


  8. June 29, 2016 4:34 pm

    New to me

  9. June 29, 2016 6:10 pm

    Very interesting words this week!

  10. June 30, 2016 10:30 am

    Both words are new to me.

  11. July 1, 2016 1:27 am

    Both are new to me! I see you’re reading The Sound of Gravel- hope you’re enjoying it!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    July 7, 2016 2:14 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that authors actually know these words… and how to use them?

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