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Wondrous Words Wednesday

July 4, 2018

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 these words while reading TANGERINE by Christine Mangan.

1. hammam – “Instead he and his friend Charlie went gallivanting around the city, spending hours at the hammam or the markets, smoking kif in the backs of cafés, always trying to enear themselves to the locals rather than to their fellow coworkers and countrymen.”

A hammam is a communal bathhouse, usually with separate baths for men and women, usually found in Islamic countries.


2. msemmen – “I stopped at one stall, and then another, purchasing a few grams of bright green olives at one, a stack of hot, sweating msemmen at another.”

Msemmen is a rich, pancake-like bread common to Morocco, Algiers, and Tunisia.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2018 3:06 am

    No chance!

  2. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 4, 2018 10:21 am


  3. Patty permalink
    July 4, 2018 5:32 pm

    Such interesting words!

  4. July 4, 2018 8:39 pm

    I had no idea on those two words, although I did guess that perhaps msemmsen was a form of hot pepper.

  5. July 5, 2018 9:04 am

    Okay, I’d be interested in trying msemmen! :–)

  6. July 5, 2018 5:01 pm

    Lots of Mmms!!

  7. bookingmama permalink
    July 9, 2018 4:54 pm

    There were a lot of words in TANGERINE that I didn’t know!

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