Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday (15)

Welcome back, wordy friends!

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

Here are three of my favorites new-to-me words, from The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch. All definitions from

1. loden. "The sturdy Prussian marching across the winter fields in her braids and her long loden coat."

1A thick, heavily fulled, waterproof fabric, used in coats and jackets for cold climates.
2. Also called loden green. the deep olive-green color of this fabric.

2. strop (stropped). "They've been shorn and shaven raw with razors whose edges have seen a hundred times a hundred men since last they were stropped..."

1.noun: Any of several devices for sharpening razors, especially a strip of leather or other flexible material.
2. verb: To sharpen on or as if on a strop.

3. voluptuary. "Schuler, like an old voluptuary who's drained his last bottle, sighs and nods his head."

1.noun: A person whose life is devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasure.
2.adjective: Of, pertaining to, or characterized by preoccupation with luxury and sensual pleasure: voluptuary tastes.

What are your new words this week?


  1. I've heard of loden green but didn't know it came from a fabric. I'm guessing voluptuary is related to voluptuous. Great words today!

  2. Loden and voluptuary are two that I'm familiar with.

  3. My mom had a "loden coat" that she got in Germany- heavy and thick. Mom passed away several years ago but I still have the coat. It's not comfortable on me, but I just can't part with it. Thanks for clarifying voluptuary- an interesting term to pocket for future use!

  4. Loden is one of those words that I think I know but can't define. The green definition rings a bell but I had no idea it could be a fabric. Good words this week.

  5. Excellent words this week! I must admit that each was new to me. Now I must try to remember them! :)

  6. I love this post, I'll have to try out these words! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  7. I'm surprised so many people knew loden, that was definitely a new one for me! Julia, your story really helped me put it in context as well. Personally, I love the word voluptuary and I can't wait to find a way to use it!

  8. loden is the only one i was familiar with.. voluptuary sounds good - will try to use it somewhere.


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