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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 29, 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’ve found a lot of new-to-me words in WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT by Frances Mayes.  Here are a few of them:

1. boustrophedon – “Isn’t boustrophedon the ongoing form of writing that mimics the turns an ox makes when plowing a field?”

Boutstrophedon is written words going from right to left and from left to right in alternate lines.


2. benison – “Again, not money like the digital whizzes or even like my cousin in real estate, but a benison for me.”

A benison is a blessing.


3. diamantine – “As Colin puts down the fire, I step outside to see the black woolly sky punctured with diamantine stars.”

Diamantine is an adjective that means made from or reminiscent of diamonds.  I think it’s the perfect way to describe stars.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2018 6:45 am

    I’ve always wondered if there are any historic examples of Greek writing that changes direction– like on a stone carving 3000 years old? That sounds like an intriguing book with those words.

    My Wednesday this week is wordless, not wordy —

    mae at

  2. August 29, 2018 9:08 am

    Just the sound/look of ‘diamantine’ makes me happy. It has a glamorous feel to it!

  3. August 29, 2018 9:16 am

    A perfect 0-3, although diamintine at least makes sense.

  4. August 29, 2018 10:28 am


  5. August 29, 2018 11:10 am

    I love that text but if I use my left hand I write totally backwards but then I get a headache!

  6. August 29, 2018 12:35 pm

    I find boustrophedon is quite fascinating. It would be fun to try working that for a page o two.

  7. August 29, 2018 2:30 pm

    All new to me!

  8. August 29, 2018 3:34 pm

    Diamantine is a lovely word with a lovely meaning. Benison (rhymes with venison,I think) is a good one to know and use! Thanks for sharing these terrific words, Kathy.

  9. August 29, 2018 4:57 pm

    Diamantine is the only one I figured out on my own.

  10. August 30, 2018 9:09 am

    That first word is just crazy! What a neat thing to learn today!

  11. August 31, 2018 12:25 pm

    boustrophedon- I’ve never seen that before. Why would anyone write that way? It’s interesting, but really makes my head hurt to try and read it.

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