Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Join us on Wednesdays to highlight words found while reading or even while listening. Kathy at BermudaOnion's Weblog gives us a place to share these Wondrous Words.

From North of Beautiful by Justine Chen Headley.

This is a YA novel. I wondered as I read it if the wondrous words I found there would also be words that the YA age group would know or wonder about. I don't have my finger on the pulse of 15-19 year olds. So I would welcome the input from anyone. here are a few of the words I found.

stigmata: a stigmata plural : bodily marks or pains resembling the wounds of the crucified Jesus and sometimes accompanying religious ecstasy

" How they'd comment offhandedly that sometime their birthmarks bled spontaneously, stigmata without any hope of redemption."

chagrin: noun - distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure

               intransitive verb - to vex or unsettle by disappointing or humiliating

"His chagrin turned into a full smile"

cartouche: noun-a scroll-like ornament or tablet, esp. as an architectural feature
on Egyptian monuments, an oval or oblong figure containing the hieroglyphs of the name of a ruler or deity

"I had yet to sign a single piece of my work, had never thought myself worthy of a cartouche, never claiming my creations."

inured: transitive verb - to accustom to accept something undesirable

"It was as she had become so accustomed to disappointment , so inured to people reneging on their promise, that she expected setbacks, heartbreak."

froment: to cause or try to cause the growth or development of (something bad or harmful)

" His lips thinned, reminiscent of Dad and his quiet fromenting rages.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


  1. Cartouche is interesting.

    Love finding new words.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Cartouche and froment are new to me. Thanks!

  3. Cartouche is one I've never seen before. Interesting.

  4. I knew the first two words but wasn't familiar with the others.

  5. If I'd seen inured, I would have guessed it was a typo and meant insured. I'm going to try to remember that word!