Wondrous Words Wednesday - Clowder

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Welcome back to Wondrous Words Wednesday! This is the second week that we play host to this wonderful meme and we hope you can join us. 

This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and we've stumbled upon it through Yvonne at Fiction BooksOf course we immediately fell in love with it.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! 

No rules apply here, just share any or all the lovely or new words you've encountered over the last fortnight. 

Tips and ideas:

  • Don't go pull the Dictionary down from the shelf. Use words you came across in a book, a TV show, Google, a pamphlet, social media, doctor's room, classroom - the possibilities are endless
  • If you want to share a story around your chosen word, you are welcome
  • If you want to link your chosen word up with a book or books, please do so 
  • You are welcome to share photos or pictures that will describe your word just a bit better (who doesn't love Pictionary)
  • Let's stick to words that are recognized in the English Dictionary. You are welcome to use translations of your chosen word or a brief history if it derives from a different language, but your readers need to be able to find it in the English Dictionary
  • Please add your link to Mr Linky and pay a visit to the other word wizards
You are welcome to use my graphic or design your own! 

Our choice for this week's Wondrous Words Wednesday is:


Now for some of you, this must come as a bit of a shock. After all, I am a cat and queen of my own clowder and should have known that word. To be honest, I was today-years old when I've learned it. No idea how my Mommy missed it as well. She is normally very good with collective nouns. It might be because I'm so cute, cuddly and small for a 14 month old cat. I'll be a kitten forever and therefore actually belong to a litter

"According to Dictionary.com, Clowder originates from the term, “clodder.” Clodder is a Middle English term that originated in the late 1700s, and was used to describe a “clotted mass.” The term evolved over the years to the current “clowder.”"

A clotted mass! I'm seriously offended here. What we can't get clarity over, is how many cats you need to have to form a clowder. Two is a pair in most cases, so I guess anything more than three? 

As always, my Mommy loves to link her WWW word up with some books. Unfortunately, we couldn't think of any books with a clowder of cats in. So we just went with a clowder of people who stick together to form a clotted mass. 

1. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. Dumas transforms minor historical figures into larger- than-life characters: the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory; the beguilingly evil seductress “Milady”; the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu; the weak King Louis XIII and his unhappy queen—and, of course, the three musketeers themselves, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto “all for one, one for all” has come to epitomize devoted friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, purloined letters, and, of course, great bouts of swordplay, The Three Musketeers is eternally entertaining.

2. Double Crossing (Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys) by Carolyne Keene Nancy Drew is enjoying a luxury cruise aboard the ship where her friend George is the new social director. It seems like great fun until Nancy overhears a plan to sell CIA secrets to another country. Meanwhile . . . the Hardy Boys are working undercover on the same cruise ship trying to track down a dangerous group of thieves who prey on rich passengers.

3. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail - looking for clues - but they're not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?


4. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

5. Die Uile van Kranskop deur Cor Dirks Okay, this is an Afrikaans series and unless you are going to use our translate button, it's going to be incomprehensible for you. Unless you've dusted off your Afrikaans a bit. Die Uile means The Owls. It's been one of the best known Afrikaans Middle Grade series since 1952 and the kids in my Mommy's school, still reads this series. Super excellent! But not available in English. So sorry.

6. The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton It's their very first adventure, and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of some really weird clues. It's snowing and the Seven are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house - and a mystery. 


I'm quite sure there are a number of books featuring a clowder of people. These were just the ones we could come up with without wrecking our brains too much. What books did we miss?

If you want to join us for Wondrous Words Wednesday, just complete the linky below and share your Wondrous Words with us!

Lots of Love, 



20 comments

  1. Hi Mareli.

    I had no idea there was such such a word as 'clowder' and would certainly never have associated it with cats! I know, of course, about a 'pack' of dogs, but I had never really thought about a gathering of cats before!

    I too, wracked my brains to think of a book to add to your 'clowder' and the only one I could think of, although I am sure there are many more, was the classic 'little Women' by Louisa May Alcott, which features the four March sisters Jo, Beth, Meh & Amy

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1934.Little_Women?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=i5uy3wMle5&rank=1

    I also like the way you then turned 'clowder' into a book related word to fit in with the ethos of the meme

    A really clever post this week and a great base word - thanks for sharing and hosting! :)

    Yvonne Xx

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    1. Hi Yvonne! We don't think of cats as groupies at all! I saw this word in one of the books that I've read for reviewing and I had to go to the dictionary. I had no idea!!

      Oh yes!! I should have thought of Little Women. I've read it years ago and need to read it again. It's on my list for The Classics Club, so I hope I will get to it soon.

      I love linking this meme up with books, just makes it a bit more fun!

      Thanks so much for participating again and for your lovely link-up post! I appreciate it so much.

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  2. Cats that I've known don't tend to run in packs like puppies, so I'm guessing that's why I didn't know the word "clowder."We had three cats at the same time, long ago, and I never saw them together. Independent types, cats. Though mine always loved to snuggle with their human friends.

    Many of my favorite stories as children were stories about a clowder of people. The Edward Eager magical books (I wonder if you know those in your part of the planet). A Wrinkle in Time. Henry Huggins and those of his clowder.

    Thank you so much for reviving WWW!

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    1. Hi Debbie! No cats, are not big on groupies. Although - in my house, Stinkie and Elza will easily lie together and they all eat together. But the other two are complete loners.

      Nope, I've never heard of The Edward Eager magical books. Will take a look!!

      It's only a pleasure to do WWWW now. I love it so much and I'm ever so grateful that you are participating!!

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  3. A clotted mass, LOL !! My small clowder here wouldn't appreciate this word in the least ! I read the 4 books/series in the list, except The Hardy boys, the first 3 as a teenager (ie last century) ^^ Thanks again for your help, I was almost tearing my hair from my scalp and thinking the series "for dummies" had been written for me !

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    1. Hi IzaBzh! No, mine will also just howl and scratch if I call them my little clowder. Elza might not bother so much, as long as she gets all the attention!!

      It was only a pleasure to help you. I actually felt quite chuffed that I could actually help someone for a change!

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  4. What a great term clowder is, everyday is a school day and I’ve learnt a new word!

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    1. Every day is a school day yes!! I give reading and mainly vocab classes. I love it when you can see the kids are learning new words and it's just a lightbulb moment!

      We did marvel today and they were so amazed that it's not only superheroes!!

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  5. I had no idea that there was a word for a group of cats. I should try to work that into conversation sometime soon!

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    1. LOL Carol! Yes, always good to blow your company's mind with some lesser known words.

      But I also didn't know that there's an actual term for a group of cats.

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  6. Ooh can you believe I never knew about this word? Huh! Love your picks- the Three Musketeers, and Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys!! I love the idea of them teaming up!

    The Fellowship of the Ring- awesome!!!

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    1. Neither did I Greg! Glad you enjoyed the post. Still looking forward to you joining us somewhere!

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  7. Aww, these are some old, old favorites. I grew up on Enid Blyton, before Harry Potter took over -- my favorite was Fatty from Five Find-Outers and Mr. Goon (Clear orf!). And Three Musketeers is all kinds of awesome, though I can't say I was a huge fan of D'Artagnan, not with him chasing around Milady too. As for "clowder", the only thing I knew about it was that it rhymes with chowder *chortles*. ~ Lexlingua

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    1. Hi Lex! It's amazing how popular Enid Blyton is still with the kids. I have stacks of her books in the library and they are always being taken out by the kids. In my library, actually more than Harry Potter. Now idea why!

      Chowder - ha! I can use that as well for WWW!

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  8. I love Clowder! I read a book that talked about a murder of crows because that's apparently what a group of crows is called. It's so strange! Somehow I never read any Enid Blyton. I don't think any of her books were available here when I was a kid so I've only really been reading about her as an adult and I'd love to read some of them. May have to do some book shopping!

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    1. Hi Katherine! I remember we had Noddy translated into Afrikaans when I was a child and we grew up with that. I have stacks of her books in the library and the kids still adore it. So glad about that.

      A Murder of crows... Wow, I also didn't know that! Ha - might have to use it somewhere.

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  9. I'll definitely take part this week :D

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  10. I don't know if I'll be able to participate weekly, but I'd love to participate when I find or hear a word! I need to pay more attention cuz I know there are plenty. Glad you are hosting this now! I had forgotten a group of cats was a clowder! So funny.

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    1. Hi Heather! I also don't have time to post every week, that's why I've made it bi-weekly. It gives me enough time to get myself sorted as well and work on the new words. The link-ups stay open, so join in when every you feel like it! Would be great to have you join us.

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  11. I had no idea that a group of cats is called a clowder. That's interesting and good to know. I just hope I will remember the term.

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