Wednesday 9 January 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday 9/1/13

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fabulous weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our weekly reading.  

Today's words come from my recent reading of Paris My Sweet

1. Chichi

On the chichi shopping stretch of rue Saint-Honore, I indulged in Jean Paul Hevin's Choco Passion, a rich nutty and fruity cake with a flaky praline base, dark chocolate ganache, and chocolate mousse whipped with tart passion fruit. 

Ostentatiously stylish; deliberately chic. Free Online Dictionary. 

Not the Choco Passion
but another totally delicious offering from JPH
my favourite chocolatier in Paris

2. Skeevy (Adjective)

There were scores of them now, sending skeevy shivers down my back as I paced below the arrivals board.

Morally or physically repulsive. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 


Moniquereads said...

I've heard chichi used before by skeevy is new to me.

Thanks for sharing and happy reading.

bermudaonion said...

I could figure both of those out from their context but I'm glad you featured them because they're both such fun words! I'm going to try to use both of them today.

MedicatedMoo said...

They're in rather regular usage judging from the teenager's talk I've been hearing lately :)

Sim Carter said...

I think both are slang words that have been around a long time, slipping in and out of usage. I didn't know how to spell chi chi, but I've heard it pronounced 'she-she'. Skeevy is one of those words teenagers do seem to like to hurl around. Gross! Not gross=that picture of the amazing chocolat!

Lady In Read said...

skeevy is something I have heard before.. and chichi - though not heard, read it earlier.. but like bermudaonion said, these are fun words!

Julia Tomiak said...

Oh, that chocolate looks good! Making me hungry. And skeevy does sound so slang; I imagine it used somehow with skulking...

Margot said...

Two great word finds today Louise. I really like skeevy. It sounds so much like what it means - at least in my head.

Suko said...

I did not know what skeevy meant, but it's a good one to know and use. :)

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Louise,

I checked out your review of this book and whilst I don't read a lot in the way of non fiction, this certainly sounds like a rather fun read, especially the list of patisserie's!

Chi Chi, is a word that I am familiar with, although Skeevy is a new one on me. Not having any teenaged children is obviously going to be quite a disadvantage in the WWW of the future I suspect. The amount of slang words that are creeping into the work of some new authors, is leaving me quite baffled and also quite repulsed when I need to check definitions using the Urban Dictionary ... Oh dear! could this be me just showing my age?

I hope that you have a great trip to Paris and make sure that you leave plenty of baggage allowance for some of those chi chi shopping opportunities!


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

In Spanish, chichi is slang for something else. Which I discovered, unfortunately, after I brought my chinchilla (already named Chi-Chi when I acquired her, by, apparently, a non-Spanish speaker) to my school. At which time the announcement of her name was greeted with snorts and titters and guffaws.