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‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday 4 September 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday (1)

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion and is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  

I think this is a great idea! I decided to start taking part in this and highlighting words that are new to me/that I really like/that struck me for some reason..!

This week my words are all from Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield (Orion)

1 striation (noun) - 'There were indeed abrasion marks that William had taken for striations in the stone.'

One of a number of parallel lines or scratches on the surface of a rock that were inscribed by rock fragments embedded in the base of a glacier as it moved across the rock.

2 prestidigitation (noun) - '...fingertips bouncing off each other in a spellbinding display of prestiditigitation...'

Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.

A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.

3 bombazine (noun) - '...looking for bombazine and parramatta and mourning silk and merino...'

A fine twilled fabric of silk and worsted or cotton, often dyed black and used for mourning clothes.

Definitions from the free dictionary


  1. Thanks for joining in the fun today! Bombazine is new to me - I wish it meant something besides fabric so I could add it to my vocabulary because it sure is fun to say!

    1. Thanks for hosting this lovely feature! :) I've enjoyed joining in. It's a great word isn't it!

  2. I knew striation , but not the others.

  3. Hi Lindsay,

    Great to have you join in this meme. I don't manage to participate every week, however there are always some great new words to check out and Kathy is a fantastic host.

    Yeah! This is the second site I have visited today, where I know all the words, this has to be a first ... Of course my vocabulary could just be getting better ... but I rather think it was more luck and good fortune, than any form of intellect on my part!

    Bombazine is always a word which seems not to fit its definition somehow.It sounds as though it should be something solid and substantial, not a fine silk cloth. It is also just a plain funny word to say!

    Thanks for sharing such great words, I have just received the NetGalley download of 'Bellman & Black', it sounds so good.


    1. Thans for your lovely comment Yvonne, and for the welcome to the meme. I don't know if I'll get round to taking part every week but I'd like to when I can, it's really interesting! I see what you mean about bombazine. Well done on knowing all these words by the way. I hope you enjoy the book.

  4. Welcome to WWW, it's so interesting each week. You found three wonderful words. I've known striation for some time- it's used to describe muscles too. I know that I've come across prestidigitation several times before, but it's one of those words that doesn't stick for some reason- I suspect that there should be a word for that too. As an Australian I must say that parramatta leapt out of your last sentence more than bombazine (although that does have a wonderful sound in the mouth). Parramatta is a city within Sydney, but I've never heard it used for a fabric- fascinating to learn.

    Seems it's named after Parramatta, which makes sense.

    1. Thanks for the kind welcome and for your lovely comment Louise. I was partly thinking about including parramatta as well and having four words, as I thought it was interesting too! Thanks for taking a look into it and sharing it here. I like that it is the name of a city too.

  5. Fun have I never seen it before? Bombazine is new to me:) Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to dig into this book!!

    1. It's really good isn't it! I have seen it but not managed to get round to taking part until this week. I hope I'll take part again. I've just finished the book and I liked it. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for commenting Melissa.

  6. Great words! Prestidigitation is one I'd love to be able to use in a conversation if I could only commit it to memory. I decided to try this meme this week for the firs time as well. My post can be found HERE.

  7. I live this meme so interesting. Keep them coming :)


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