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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 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!

My first word comes from THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS by Jason Rekulak.

1. hennin – “It was called a hennin, and it looked like a giant pointy cone.”

Even though this was explained in the context of the book, I decided to look it up and I’m glad I did because I learned a little more about it.  A hennin is a high cone-shaped headdress usually with a thin veil pendent from the top worn by European women in the 15th century.

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My second word is from MIDNIGHT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto.

2. catenary – “The car passed through the city center, crisscrossed by catenary wires spitting electric-blue sparks.”

Catenary is a curve formed by a wire, rope, or chain hanging freely from two points and forming a U shape.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2017 3:41 am

    Yeah, nope, never heard those

  2. March 22, 2017 8:38 am

    I can picture a hennin but didn’t know the word!

  3. March 22, 2017 9:41 am

    At least I had no idea! That’s easier than knowing a word and not being able to define it!

  4. March 22, 2017 10:15 am

    Clueless!

  5. bookingmama permalink
    March 22, 2017 10:44 am

    No idea but both are great words. I know what a rennin is but I had no idea that it had a name!

  6. March 22, 2017 1:02 pm

    Looks like you found two very interesting words. I like the picture you gave of cantenary.

  7. March 22, 2017 1:32 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Two great new words for me this week and I especially want to make the opportunity to use ‘catenary’ in conversation, it is sure to sound impressive!

    Whilst I probably wouldn’t choose to buy either of your featured books for myself, I found the premise for ‘Midnight In Broad Daylight’ deeply moving and intense. I can’t begin to imagine what the Fukuhara family must have endured, on both sides of the Pacific!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting this week’s WWW 🙂

    Yvonne

  8. March 22, 2017 2:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  9. March 22, 2017 2:35 pm

    What pretty words, thanks!

  10. March 23, 2017 2:10 am

    I didn’t know the meaning of either of these, Kathy. Thanks for the vocab lesson! 🙂

  11. March 23, 2017 9:48 am

    Two new words for me! I’m sure I’ve read about hennin in a medieval historical fiction novel but would not have remembered it. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Patty permalink
    March 23, 2017 11:40 am

    I kind of love the word catenary…but I think it should be a place to keep cats!

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