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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 10, 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.

All of my words for this week come from Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell.  The first two are British terms that are unfamiliar to me.

1.  punnets – “As Miranda crouched in front of the fridge, drooling at the sight of Parma ham, marinated mushrooms and punnets of strawberries, she could hear the sounds of shouts and splashing outside in the pool.”

A punnet is a small basket for fruits or vegetables.

2.  cagoule – “Danny glanced sideways as a man in a turquoise cagoule shuffled past, clutching an envelope and heading for the post-box at the end of the road.”

Cagoule is the British term for a lightweight, weatherproof raincoat or anorak with a hood.

3.  epiglottis – “Her orange-lipsticked mouth was wide open and her epiglottis quivered as she drew breath.”

An epiglottis is a thin plate of flexible cartilage in font of the glottis that folds back over and protects the glottis during swallowing.    By the way, the glottis is the elongated space between the vocal cords.

4. pillion – Chloe tried for a moment to picture herself on it, eight and a half months pregnant and riding pillion.

The British definition of pillion is a motorcycle or bicycle saddle for a passenger.

What new words have you discovered lately?


Friday is my one year blogiversary and to celebrate, I’m giving away a $25 (US Dollars) gift card to the bookstore of the winner’s choice.  This can be an online bookstore (like Amazon), a big chain (like Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-a-Million, or Chapters) or an indie (like Powell’s) as long as I can order the gift card online.  To enter, just let me know what bookstore you prefer in your comment.  Contest is open world wide and ends on Friday, June 12, 2009 at noon, EST.  I will use to determine the winner.

31 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2009 5:23 am

    Heh, I had never heard cagoule before and I’ve been with a British guy for years! He just calls it a raincoat. LOL.

  2. June 10, 2009 5:26 am

    A little early but happy blogavarsary! If I’m the lucky winner I would like a gift certificate from Amazon.

    Great words this week, the first quote made me really hungry!

    My post is here.

  3. June 10, 2009 7:08 am

    Happy blogiversary! Great words!!

    I’d choose Books-a-milliom just because it’s the closest!


  4. June 10, 2009 7:41 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I’d love to win a gift card for Amazon – I have a huge wish list there!

  5. June 10, 2009 7:43 am

    Congrats!!!! Happy Blog-iversary! Would love to be entered to win a GC from Amazon.

  6. June 10, 2009 8:00 am

    I didn’t know any words other than epiglottis!

    Happy Blogiversary! May you have many more! I might as well enter. Amazon for me!

    My words:

  7. June 10, 2009 8:04 am

    Hey, Happy Blogiversary! (Oh! a gift card from BaM?! very kewl!)

    Looks like you had some good words this week; me, I got nothin’ – hopin’ to pick up some from all the other participants!

    Have a great week, folks, and Happy Reading!

  8. June 10, 2009 8:51 am

    That quote for epiglottis is a riot!

    Happy blogoversary! I’d love to be entered for a card from Amazon.


  9. June 10, 2009 9:25 am

    Happy blogiversary! I’d love to be entered to win a GC from Amazon.

    (No words from me this week, waiting until next week, after the book is released, so I can verify my quotes.)

  10. June 10, 2009 9:35 am

    “Epiglottis” brings back biology class memories. 😉 Happy One Year! Amazon is my favorite bookstore.

    Here are my words for this week.

  11. June 10, 2009 9:45 am

    Great words Kathy…I would be most likely to use punnet I think. My words are here:

    And Happy Blogiversary! Time flies when you are having fun! I would love to have a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

  12. June 10, 2009 9:52 am

    I like punnets. I actually have a punnet of tomatoes on the counter right now. My Wondrous Words are at Joyfully Retired.

    My wish list is at Amazon. Congratulations on one year of a great blog.

  13. Carol permalink
    June 10, 2009 9:59 am

    Great words. The only one I knew was epiglottis. I actually have a list this week.

    Happy blogiversary! If I happen to win, my choice would be Amazon.

  14. June 10, 2009 10:14 am

    I remembered epiglottis from high school!!! I think I remember it because it’s so fun to say!

    • June 10, 2009 10:18 am

      Dumb me! I guess if I won, I’d have to say an Amazon gift certificate would be nice!!!

  15. June 10, 2009 10:26 am

    I think I’ll stick to plain old raincoat! My post is here . Three words taken from Worshipful Lucia by E.F. Benson

    Happy Blogoversary. I’d like a chance to win for a card from Barnes & Noble. Thank you for hosting this fun meme and for the drawing. have a great week.

  16. June 10, 2009 10:28 am

    Happy blogaversary!

    (I like Hastings or Barnes and Noble) 🙂

    I only knew one of your words – epiglottis from my leftover days of being a science major.

    My words are here:

  17. June 10, 2009 10:43 am

    My words are here:

    Congrats on your one-year blogiversary! I’d go for an certificate myself.

  18. June 10, 2009 10:50 am

    Good words. You know I’ve never liked the word epiglottis -lol.

    Happy almost Blogiversary. I’d love to enter. I’d actually go for an certificate cause their’s a couple of Jean Plaidy books I’d love to have. Nice giveaway.

  19. June 10, 2009 11:13 am

    Loved your words especially pillion…don’t know why but I like it.

    Happy Blogiversary!!
    I love amazon so that would be the gift card I would most utilize.

    Here are my words for this Wednesday:

  20. June 10, 2009 2:41 pm

    Happy blog-iversary! Hmm, I would like an Amazon gift card if I win. 🙂

  21. June 10, 2009 3:24 pm

    Happy blogiversary!! Is that sentence with the word epiglottis from that novel?

    I’d like a gift certificate from Amazon if I won, pretty please 🙂

  22. Anita Yancey permalink
    June 10, 2009 3:46 pm

    Happy one year blogiversary!!! If I win, I would like a Barnes & Noble gift card. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  23. June 10, 2009 4:51 pm

    Happy blogiversary!! I sure enjoy your postings.

    I’m also quite fond of the local Barnes & Noble. 🙂

    Thanks for such a neat give away.

  24. June 10, 2009 7:40 pm

    I love punnets. I’ve often wondered if there was a specific word for those little baskets- and now I know! And epiglottis- so that’s “the thingy that hangs down in the back of your mouth”? My wondrous words are here. Oh, and Happy Blogiversary, and I love Powell’s!

  25. bunny permalink
    June 11, 2009 5:38 am

    Happy Blogoversary!!! 🙂
    I would love to win an Amazon GC! Thanks!

  26. June 11, 2009 9:06 am

    Happy first blogoversary to you Kathy. How fast a year comes. Congrats and wishing you many more great blogging years.

    If i win I would pick the amazon.

    Thanks Kathy

  27. June 11, 2009 2:26 pm

    Happy blogiversary 😀

    If I win, I’d love a gift card from 🙂

  28. June 11, 2009 3:48 pm

    Happy Blogoversary! I’m soon going to have a great list of words for a Wondrous Wednesday with a bunch of new-to-me sailing terms, btw.
    My fave indie bookstore is Baker Books in Dartmouth MA (

  29. June 11, 2009 5:00 pm

    I know “epiglottis” thanks to studying articulatory phonetics. The others are all new to me.

    Happy blogging anniversary!! 😀 Though I love indies, if I won I’d go with Amazon because I’m already familiar with their international service.

  30. June 12, 2009 12:19 pm

    Aww…I’m like 19 minutes late on this one! I would have loved to enter, but congrats on one year! That is so amazing. Wow!!!


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