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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 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!

My book club read for November is THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler and it’s been the source of several new words for me.

1. cartomancy – “‘Cartomancy?’ he says with a light laugh.”

I figured this one out from the story’s context but looked it up to be sure.  Cartomancy is fortune-telling by interpreting a random selection of playing cards.


2. buckram – “It’s a book on selkies, one that’s thick, with a green buckram cover.”

After reading the definition, I can picture buckram.  It is coarse linen or other cloth stiffened with gum or paste and used typically as interfacing and in bookbinding.


3. duvetyn – “Behind him is Enola’s tent — purple velour and duvetyn, spangled with gold moons and stars, hand painted.”

Duvetyn is a napped fabric, in a twilled or plain weave, of cotton, wool, silk, or rayon.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2016 5:30 am

    From the words, it sounds like it is a fun book!

  2. November 30, 2016 6:07 am

    Didn’t know any of them. I agree with rhapsodyinbooks, it sounds like a fun book!

  3. November 30, 2016 8:05 am

    I knew the first two but didn’t know that’s what they’re called, if that makes sense haha.

  4. November 30, 2016 8:37 am

    All new to me, but based on the vocabulary it does sound like a fun book!

  5. November 30, 2016 9:19 am

    Cartomancy is one of those types of words (even number of syllables, created with a two syllable suffix) that I can never figure out how to prnounce. On which syllable is the emphasis?

    I’ve run into plenty of buckram books in my life. . .

  6. November 30, 2016 9:27 am

    I had a shot at #1 (didn’t get it) and no chance with #2 and #3.

  7. Bill permalink
    November 30, 2016 10:20 am

    Never knew any of those words though I did think the first was to do with maps, I was wrong

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 30, 2016 11:29 am

    I’ve used buckram to repair the underside of an upholstered chair, but the other two words are new to me!

  9. November 30, 2016 12:00 pm

    Duvetyn fooled me. I was thinking some different form of a duvet or quilt.

  10. November 30, 2016 2:57 pm

    All new to me today, interesting words.

  11. November 30, 2016 3:42 pm

    Nice ones

  12. Patty permalink
    November 30, 2016 4:14 pm

    Imagine a buckram dress!

  13. November 30, 2016 6:40 pm

    Wow! Great words! I’m surprised it’s not cardomancy!

  14. December 1, 2016 2:21 am

    Another week of new words for me!

  15. bookingmama permalink
    December 7, 2016 8:09 am

    I didn’t have a clue — obviously, I know nothing about fabrics and textures!

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