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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 22, 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!

I found a new word in “Glamour and heartbreak: The precious jewels of Iran’s ‘sad-eyed’ princess,” an article on CNN Style by Vinclent Meylan.

1. parure – “Her parures of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds were signed by the greatest names in jewelry: Cartier, Bulgari, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels.”

A parure is a set of jewels intended to be worn together.


This word came from LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell.

2. amicus – “North Carolina joined them, in an ‘amicus brief’ — a statement intended to assist the court — defending the ‘southern way of life.'”

Amicus means an impartial adviser, often voluntary, to a court of law in a particular case.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2017 9:28 am

    I thought I had guessed the meaning of amicus when I read the sentence but it wasn’t quite what I expected. I knew it had a positive meaning though. 🙂

  2. February 22, 2017 11:50 am

    Interesting words, especially Perure. Really we have a separate word for that as well!

  3. February 22, 2017 12:39 pm

    I love the parure jewelry because I love everything matchy-matchy! but I rarely buy matching jewelry sets because PRICEY…

  4. February 22, 2017 12:45 pm

    Very nice words, Kathy! I will investigate amicus further. I found a good word in an email from Penguin Random House yesterday: Hygge. It is the Danish word for feeling cozy. Penguin is having a Hygge Sweepstakes, so head over and take a look if you;re interested.

  5. February 22, 2017 1:13 pm

    I knew amicus but parure was unknown to me. A look at my jewelry box will tell you why.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    February 22, 2017 1:27 pm

    I knew parure, but amicus is new to me!

  7. February 22, 2017 2:16 pm

    Like parure, didn’t know either word.

  8. February 23, 2017 11:43 am

    Both are new words to me.

  9. bookingmama permalink
    February 24, 2017 7:41 am

    I love parure! My neighbors just brought me back a parure from India!

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