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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 30, 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.  (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)


My words for this week come from A Separate Country by Robert Hicks.

1. louche – “I spend my days in our house, or walking the fragrant wet streets, louche with jasmine and camellias and gardenias and unnameable strange rambling vines winking their purple and red and yellow blossoms at the sun.”

I found several definitions for louche – the one that best fits this sentence is decadent.


2. hawsers – “Negro stevedores and roughnecks hauled the boats to the dock with thick hawsers in their hands and thrown over their shoulders, their arms and backs straining and shining.”

A hawser is a large rope for towing, mooring or securing a ship.


3. ambuscade – “The earth there was broken into slabs thrust up in every direction and concealing the dark and narrow avenues of ambuscade.”

An ambuscade is an ambush; a trap laid for an enemy.


What new words have you encountered lately?

25 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2009 5:20 am

    I didn’t know what a hawser was… and I should probably because I’ve been known to sail!

    Here’s here’s mine

  2. September 30, 2009 5:40 am

    I didn’t the first word. Wonderful description..

    Wondrous Words Wednesdays

  3. September 30, 2009 6:35 am

    I really do love this meme. Mine is here:

  4. September 30, 2009 6:53 am

    All new to me too! Here’s what I learned this week”

  5. kaye permalink
    September 30, 2009 7:19 am

    I like the sound of the word louche. Working it into everyday convo might not be too easy though. Have a good week and happy reading.

  6. September 30, 2009 7:54 am

    I like “louche” also. I’ll try to remember it and use it somewhere today.

    I found two new words this week:

  7. September 30, 2009 8:41 am

    Hawser is such a fun sounding word, I think. Here are my words for this week:

  8. September 30, 2009 8:57 am

    I am looking forward to learning several new words every week!

    My 5 wondrous words are here:

  9. September 30, 2009 9:00 am

    I just started reading this book so thanks for the definitions ahead of time.

    My words are here.

  10. September 30, 2009 9:47 am

    Great new words this week. This sure sounds like it was a good book.
    My words are here:

  11. September 30, 2009 9:50 am

    Louche was the only one I knew for certain. Excellent choices.

    My words are here.

  12. September 30, 2009 10:43 am

    I’ve seen louche around, but never knew what it meant. What a wondeful word!

  13. September 30, 2009 11:07 am

    I hadn’t heard of any of those words before. It sounds like a good read.

    I just posted my first Wondrous Word Wednesday;

  14. September 30, 2009 11:24 am

    All are new to me, but “ambuscade” is similar to something we have – “embuscada”, which means the same. O Latinate words, I love you.

  15. September 30, 2009 11:46 am

    Those are some interesting words. I have only encountered “louche” before but I never remember what it mean because it sounds like a different word to me, like it means something else. I love the sentence you discovered louche in, it paints such a pretty picture!

    My words for today:
    Wednesday Words

  16. September 30, 2009 11:58 am

    Great words! I didn’t know what any of them were. I have four words over at my place, Just Books. Stop by and check them out. Have a great day!


  17. September 30, 2009 12:05 pm

    That first sentence is very pretty. I’ve never heard of “hawsers.” Love all your words.

    My word is here.

  18. September 30, 2009 12:06 pm

    These are wonderful words, new to me. Thanks for presenting them.

  19. September 30, 2009 12:53 pm

    I love learning new words; these ones are great!

    Here’s my link:

  20. September 30, 2009 3:20 pm

    I like “louche” … it sounds foreign (French?)

  21. September 30, 2009 6:43 pm

    I look forward to joining in again this week…

  22. September 30, 2009 6:43 pm

    These posts are so educational – I didn’t know any of these.

  23. September 30, 2009 9:00 pm

    Again, words that I’ve never heard of!!

  24. September 30, 2009 10:39 pm

    All these words are foreign to me, but thanks to you, they’re not anymore! I like “louche.”

  25. October 3, 2009 4:15 pm

    I had heard two before, but “louche” is entirely new to me. I don’t know if I’m going to be doing Wondrous Words on my own blog anymore- I always find so many words it is beginning to feel like a chore, and I’d rather just enjoy writing about the books. sorry.

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