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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 4, 2017

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!

These words are from THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler.

1. pelisse – “He sized a pelisse against Evangeline’s increasing girth.”

A pelisse is a woman’s cloak with armholes or sleeves that reaches to the ankles.


2. parturient – “Accommodating to ladies of parturient condition.”

Parturient means about to give birth or in labor.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2017 5:32 am

    Sounds like someone is pregnant in that book! :–)

  2. January 4, 2017 8:08 am

    Again, both are new to me!

  3. January 4, 2017 8:31 am

    Two I know this week! I’ve come across women wearing a pelisse is several classics.

  4. January 4, 2017 8:34 am

    I knew pelisse!

  5. January 4, 2017 9:26 am

    I knew pelisse, all thanks to all those romances

  6. January 4, 2017 9:57 am

    Clueless on both!

  7. January 4, 2017 10:08 am

    Obviously 2017 didn’t make me any smarter!

  8. January 4, 2017 10:58 am

    Hi! I just found out about this meme today. Thought I’d join in. I do a weekly Vocab Wednesdays post. I’d never heard of those words before. Interesting. 🙂

  9. January 4, 2017 11:17 am

    great words, love the image they project in my mind, A BIG girl?

  10. January 4, 2017 2:38 pm

    I’ve heard pelisse before.

  11. January 4, 2017 3:36 pm

    I’ve come across pelisses (which spellcheck wants to turn into pelvises) in historical romance novels, but I’d never heard of parturient before. It’s strange because I’ve read a lot of midwife and other “women’s” fiction. Two good ones Kathy.

  12. January 4, 2017 10:30 pm

    Wonderful words, both new to me as well!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    January 5, 2017 7:26 am

    Both new to me… I’m always amazed by how many words we have in the English language that mean the same thing.

  14. January 9, 2017 1:08 am

    Hi Kathy,

    I checked out ‘The Book Of Speculation’ and had high hopes when I read that it was about the power of books and family – Then I saw the fateful word magic and read about the the author’s previous work involving mermaids and I’m afraid that changed my mind completely.

    However you found some great words. ‘Pelisse’ I know of from my own reading of historical fiction, but I have to say that the tongue twister ‘parturient’ was new to me and a good one to remember for the future.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


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