Wondrous Words Wednesday

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Join in by writing a post and then add your link to Mr. Linky at Bermudaonion.


This week I’m reading WHEN THE SNOW FALLS. It’s a Christmas anthology including 4 stories/novellas by Fern Michaels, Nancy Bush, Rosanna Chiofalo, and Lin Stepp. I found two words that are new to me:

folderol – fol·de·rol –  Trivial or nonsensical fuss

“I’m not sure what I think about Christmas as a whole. I like some of it, but all the folderol can sometimes give me the heebie-jeebies. Actually, too much of anything can do that.”   (White Hot Christmas by Nancy Bush)

funicular – fu·nic·u·lar – A cable railroad, especially one on a mountainside, in which ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced.

“Not only are the views astounding from the summit but the funicular itself is an engineering feat.”   (Seven Days of Christmas by Rosanna Chiofalo)

When the Snow Falls (Oct7) Kensington

Definitions from the Oxford dictionaries (online) 

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17 thoughts on “Wondrous Words Wednesday

    • Normally I don’t either but a few of my Christmas review books are required to be reviewed by a certain date relative to their pub dates. Still, I’m enjoying them 🙂

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  1. Hi Mary,

    I just can’t contemplate anything Christmas with the weather still so warm and summery, despite the fact that all our UK shops have Christmas cards and gifts lining the shelves!

    I knew both your words this week, as we have visited Switzerland several times and the funicular rail cars are a very common form of mountain transport and folderol quite often features in historical romance books, at least the UK published stories.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that all is well with you,

    Yvonne

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  2. I have seen a funicular railway. I have come across folderol only because a friend of mine used to perform with The Folderols. I didn’t actually know the meaning of the word, so thank you for that.

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      • They were a troupe I’m not sure if it was purely dance or a general show in terms of song and dance and some acting. I had never heard of them until this lady started posting and talking about them on line. I didn’t actually know this lady she is quite a few years older than me but she went to the same school and is on our school page.

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  3. Folderol was a favorite word of my mother’s. She was used it with fiddledeedee. I thought she made them up! I have seen funicular railways, but did not the word. Thanks for both of these today.

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