Wednesday, January 25, 2012

~ ~ Wondrous Words Wednesday ~ ~

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermudaonion's Weblog where we share words encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun (please do!) Be sure to leave a link to your post over at Bermudaonion's Weblog.

The following words are from No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie (ARC copy)

“The current, swift here as the river made its way towards the roar of the weir below Hambleden Mill, was a treacherous trap for the unwary or overconfident.”

1. Weir
: a dam in a stream or river to raise the water level or divert its flow
: a fence or enclosure set in a waterway for taking fish

“And if it meant leaving the Met, she would leave, but she would not be fobbed off quietly with a token gold watch and more hollow promises.”

2. Fob off
: to put (someone) off by deception or trickery
: to cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior; palm off

These words come from The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

"She had grown up to be a snob, it was true. But she was only protecting what she thought was important. She had been officious even as a child."

1. Officious
: objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome

“If Amber had been rubbing their hands together and muttering how ‘umble she was, she could not have been more obsequious.”

2. Obsequious
: characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning
" And on and on it went, this sycophantic barrage."

3. Sycophant
: A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; a fawning parasite


  1. Interesting words! "Fob off" sounds more like something rude you say to someone to get them to leave you alone! lol! Thanks for sharing. My words are here.

  2. I knew a couple of those words, but most are new to me. I love fob off! Are you enjoying No Mark Upon Her? I just got it yesterday.

  3. I enjoyed reading your WWW. Officious is a great word!

  4. JULIE:
    That's what I thought fob off meant so the sentence confused me!

    Thanks for visiting!

    Som,e of these words were familiar to me but my memory failed me and I couldn't remember what they meant so I looked them up! Fob off is my favorit!

    I just finished No Mark Upon Her and I loved it! I don't read series generally but I'm going to read this one. I love the main character detectives, Duncan and Gemma. I also think the author did a terrific job writing the investigation, it's intense, suspenseful and really interesting.

    I hope you like it, Kathy!

  6. SUKO:
    Hi! Thank you!
    I like Officious a lot but, for some reason, it doesn't stick in my head!

    Thank you for visiting!

  7. Good words this week. I thought weir was interesting. From the context I was guessing waterfall or something like that. Nice to be surprised and learn something new.

  8. These are great words, and even though I only knew a few of these. Thanks for sharing them!

  9. I knew all your words this week! I guess they must be more common in Australia. Weir and fob off, are in reasonably common usage here. We would take fob off to mean the palm off usage- it isn't really associated with deception in my mind. Just lack of interest.