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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 19, 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!

These are the final words I found in WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT by Frances Mayes.

1. corvine – “What a hearty chef, hulking, corvine Mikal, and what a generous table.”

I’m not sure Mikal would enjoy being described that way since corvine means of or relating to the crows resembling a crow.


2. abecedarius – “One sequence was an abecedarius, based on the letters of the Italian alphabet; another was inspired by Italian words I liked.”

Abecedarius means a poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order.


3. bravura – “The glasses of inky amarone catch firelight, the little tree shines with a bit of bravura, the crostini disappear.”

Bravura means a show of daring or brilliance.


4. seignorial – “Lemon pots line the drive, a seignorial touch, and the pergola is dripping with shite wisteria.”

Seignorial means of, relating to, or befitting a seignior.  A seignior is a man of rank or authority.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2018 8:06 am

    I knew those words came from Women In Sunlight! Does that book make you want to go to Italy or eat fresh pasta?

  2. September 19, 2018 9:33 am

    I will take 1/4 and recognition of one other. I’m not proud!

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 19, 2018 11:14 am

    Bravura is among my favorite words, the others are new to me.

  4. September 19, 2018 11:24 am

    Wow, you found FOUR new words! Good going Kathy. I like Beth Hoffman’s comment. I’m going to adopt bravura too.

  5. September 19, 2018 12:36 pm

    Women in Sunlight sent me to the dictionary a few time, too! 🙂

  6. September 19, 2018 2:37 pm

    #3 is the only one I knew. You’ve sure found a lot of words in this book!

  7. September 19, 2018 2:37 pm

    I knew Corvine 😀

  8. September 19, 2018 2:39 pm

    I knew #3. This book has provided a lot of words for this post!

    • September 19, 2018 2:40 pm

      I posted twice because I didn’t see my first one after I hit post. *sigh*

  9. September 19, 2018 4:08 pm

    I learned 4 new words here today!

  10. September 19, 2018 6:34 pm

    More wonderful words from WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT!

  11. bookingmama permalink
    September 22, 2018 10:41 am

    Wow — I don’t think I’m smart enough to read that book!

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