Words on Wednesday

A few new-to-me words from Frances Mayes’ Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir:

quetzel, n.: a bird of the trogon family, with iridescent green plumage and typically red underparts, found in the forests of tropical America.

She’s as bright as a quetzel, impatient but silent. 

sasanqua, n.: a Japanese camellia with fragrant white or pink flowers and seeds which yield tea oil.

The native hollies and the ugly nandinas show off clusters of red berries, and the sasanquas’ delicate white and pink blooms look out of place… 

jouissance, n.: physical or intellectual pleasure, delight, or ecstasy.

There’s their jouissance, that fine, forgotten-in-English word.

What new words or phrases have you read this past week? It always amazes me how many new words there still are to learn. Share with us, won’t you?


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