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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 15, 2020

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 is from THE SWEET LIFE IN PARIS by David Lebowitz.

1. spatchcock – “My Sunday mornings wouldn’t be complete without picking up a poulet crapaudine, a spatchcocked salt-and-herb crusted chicken, roasted to a caramel-brown crisp by Catherine, the wacky chicken lady who loves to yelp over the other shoppers clustered around her fired-up rotisserie: ‘Daveed — howareyouIamfine!’ in one nonstop greeting.”

Spatchcocking, sometimes called butterflying, is a method of preparing chicken for cooking. It involves removing the backbone so that the bird can be opened out flat.


My second word is from HIDDEN AMERICA by Jeanne Marie Laskas

2. mycorrhiza – “The plants thrive here because they have no real competition, and because of mycorrhiza, the symbiotic relationship between the blueberry plants and a fungus that regularly clings to their roots.”

Science wasn’t my best subject so if I learned this in school, I’ve forgotten it.  Just like the sentence says, mycorrhiza is a fungus which grows in association with the roots of a plant in a symbiotic or mildly pathogenic relationship.  They allow plants to draw more nutrients and water from the soil.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2020 6:51 am

    I knew spatchcock 😀

  2. January 15, 2020 7:31 am

    Spatchcock is a great word. I always do it to chickens for the grill because it makes them cook more evenly. For New Year’s Eve I spatchcocked and then roasted a duck!

    My Wednesday today is Wordless.

    best…mae at

  3. January 15, 2020 10:28 am

    I feel like I only just recently learned about mycorrhiza myself. If it was taught in school during biology or science class, it was a detail I completely missed back then!

  4. January 15, 2020 2:42 pm

    I didn’t know either word.

  5. January 15, 2020 3:12 pm

    My husband just spatchcocked a chicken last night for dinner. 😀

  6. January 15, 2020 4:47 pm

    Both new to me words!

  7. January 16, 2020 9:07 am

    Love the word spatchcock, but mycorrhiza is new to me!

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