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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 22, 2009


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  Feel free to join in the fun.

I found this week’s words in An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell.

1.  gilet – “In her white fake-fur hat and matching gilet, worn over a red cashmere sweater and black jeans, Sally was ready to impress the hell out of Lola’s dad.”

Gilet is a French word that means a sleeveless jacket resembling a waistcoat or blouse.

2.  courgette – “Lola, busy chopping courgettes, was entranced by the look on Doug’s face.”

A courgette is a zucchini in Britain and New Zealand.

What new words have you discovered lately?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2009 7:12 am

    Not nearly as many as last week, but a do have a few

    Have a wonderful Wednesday, everybody!

  2. April 22, 2009 7:32 am

    Never heard of either of these before! I love to eat courgette, though! 🙂

  3. April 22, 2009 7:35 am

    I really need to start participating in this meme! 🙂

  4. April 22, 2009 7:48 am

    I knew about courgette, but gilet was new to me. Sort of like a bolero without sleeves? Mine are here:

  5. April 22, 2009 7:53 am

    Now I read that book and those are two that I missed! Didn’t know either one of them.

    Mine are here.

  6. April 22, 2009 8:18 am

    Did not know anything about Gilet!

    I played for the first time:

  7. April 22, 2009 8:36 am

    At first I thought gilet was one of those fur scarfs with the little fox’s head still on it. Women used to wear those a lot when I was a child. Freaked me out. Glad you gilet is something better.

    Mine is here.

  8. April 22, 2009 8:56 am

    I read the book, too, and must’ve just skipped over those. Thanks for pointing them out.

  9. April 22, 2009 9:02 am

    I knew courgette but gilet was new to me. Thanks.

  10. April 22, 2009 9:03 am

    Both are new to me!

  11. Carol permalink
    April 22, 2009 9:37 am

    I’m sad that I don’t have any new words to share this week. I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s lists, though.

  12. Bobbie Crawford-McCoy permalink
    April 22, 2009 9:44 am

    Both of these words are new to me. 🙂 Thank you for sharing them with us.

    I’ve started playing along this week and I’ve found 7, yes 7 words that are new to me…or at least their definitions are new to me and a few of the words.

    Thanks for hosting, Kathy. 🙂

  13. April 22, 2009 10:09 am

    It’s weird to me that they’d have a different name for zucchini. Interesting. I have a ton this week.

  14. April 22, 2009 10:15 am

    Courgette sounds more appetizing than zucchini, in my opinion. Of course, if it tastes the same…yuck!

    Here’s mine:

  15. April 22, 2009 11:18 am

    Interesting, because the term gilet (in French) is used to refer to any old sweater in Quebec. (I looked it up in my French dictionary and lo and behold it also means a sleeveless vest worn by a man. Who knew?)

    My words are here:

  16. April 22, 2009 11:21 am

    Ack, I just noticed that Carrie doesn’t like zucchini! For the record, they are my favourite veggie! 🙂

  17. April 22, 2009 4:19 pm

    YAY – I knew both of these. From my advertising jobs no less 🙂

  18. April 22, 2009 5:52 pm

    Great words, Kathy! I’d heard “courgette” from cooking, though I only ever recognize it in context, and would never have been able to define it. “Gilet” I’d never heard of. Thanks for the words!

    And mine are here.

  19. April 23, 2009 9:24 pm

    I love learning new words!!

  20. April 25, 2009 1:18 pm

    Courgette? I had no idea! TERRIFIC.. Wondrous Words is awesome!

  21. April 30, 2009 4:14 pm

    I remember those passages! Such a fun book.

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