Wondrous Words Wednesday - Remonstrance

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

 Greetings and welcome to Wondrous Words Wednesday! This will be the first week that we play host to this wonderful meme, so let's see how it goes.

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. What is more wondrous in this world than words?

After doing Wondrous Words Wednesday for a couple of weeks, Kathy encouraged us to take over the meme and make it our own. 

There's no use in recreating the wheel, so we'll just continue on Kathy's legacy and tweak it here and there.

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 WWW is

Last week, when I was busy trying to convince my Mommy not to take on all those reading challenges for 2021, we came across the word remonstrance as a synonym for challenge. Never heard that word before in my life. My Mommy's life neither. After a bit of digging in the Google garden, we now know that it's a word that was highly popular in the 1800's, but not all that popular in our current day and age. 

I actually like it. I believe all bloggers who signed up for a reading challenge or two or nine, should change their 2021 Reading Challenge headers to "Reading Remonstrances for 2021". By doing that, we declare that 2020 and 2021 will not beat us or get us down in the dumps. And that we will act out our protest by reading as many wonderful books as we can get our hands and paws on. 

*I've got no idea if that makes any sense and if we are using the word correctly. All you serious English Experts are welcome to thrown a bit, but please just help us too.*

My Mommy loves to link her Wondrous Wednesday word, to a couple of books. You really don't need to do this, but you are very welcome if you want to.

Without searching on Goodreads or wrecking her brain completely, she came up with the following books where a challenge/challenges or then a remonstrance plays a big part:

1. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne The fact that this is our main reading challenge for 2021 and it currently still looms in front of us in a rather ominous light, has got nothing to do with the fact  that it makes this list. 
One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand—whether train or elephant—overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.

2The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Perfect fit for our chosen word.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

3. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix The title speaks for it's reason to make this list. My Mommy loved this book.
The fire at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 young immigrant workers, is one of the worst disasters since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and the disaster, which brought attention to the labor movement in America, is part of the curriculum in classrooms throughout the country.
Told from alternating points of view, this historical novel draws upon the experiences of three very different young women: Bella, who has just emigrated from Italy and doesn't speak a word of English; Yetta, a Russian immigrant and crusader for labor rights; and Jane, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Bella and Yetta work together at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory under terrible conditions--their pay is docked for even the slightest mistake, the bosses turn the clocks back so closing time is delayed, and they are locked into the factory all day, only to be frisked before they leave at night to make sure they haven't stolen any shirtwaists. When the situation worsens, Yetta leads the factory's effort to strike, and she meets Jane on the picket line. Jane, who feels trapped by the limits of her own sheltered existence, joins a group of high-society women who have taken an interest in the strike as a way of supporting women's suffrage. Through a series of twists and turns, the three girls become fast friends--and all of them are in the Triangle Shirtwast Factory on March 25, 1911, the day of the fateful fire. In a novel that puts a human face on the tragedy, Margaret Peterson Haddix has created a sweeping, forceful tale that will have readers guessing until the last page who--if anyone--survives.

4. The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie We could have chosen numerous books and titles concerning the 12 labours of Hercules. But in my Mommy's mind, no list is complete without a Christie on it. 
In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet—reasoned the detective—like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters.
So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed 'Labours'. Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

5. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman My Mommy deliberately decided not to include any war books to fit the word remonstrance. The list would then be endless. There are more than enough other historical events that fit the description perfectly. 
In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman's novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael's mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker's wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior's daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and an expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.
The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

If you would like to take part in Wondrous Words Wednesday, just add you link to Mister Linky below. Oh pleeeeeaaaase do. It took us forever to figure it out!

Lots of Love,


  1. Hi Mareli,

    I had my next WWW almost prepared for next Wednesday, so as you have managed to work out that sneaky 'Mr Linky' widget, I shall do my best to reschedule for later today! :)

    1. Thank you so much Yvonne!! I'll never forget that you were my first link-up.


  2. Hi Mareli,

    You can't beat an Agatha Christie book and I love the character of Poirot. These are just about the only books I have ever re-read and I never tire of them.

    I am tempted by both the cover and description of 'The Dovekeepers', but something is holding me back from adding it to my list, so I'm going to ponder on that one for a bit longer.

    Thank you for the mention in connection with the WWW posts, I appreciate your support with all your comments and likes for my various posts and look forward to contributing my new words just as often as I can!

    Remonstrate (remonstrance) is a word I am very familiar with, although as you say, it is little used these days.

    Rather than as a challenge, I would probably use the word to register my disapproval or censure about something. This is about the best sentence I could find to illustrate my thinking about the word "Their unruly remonstrance and declarations of protest will not change the law that has been passed"

    Being the only other language I can speak, I know that French have literal words for almost everything, so I'm not sure if that is the same for all languages. I just know that English is so open to interpretation and mis-interpretation, that I'm not surprised at some of the problems we get with it, even with other English speaking countries, where the popular saying is that we are "countries divided by a common language"

    What a fun post and a great start to you being the new host of this lovely meme :)

    Yvonne Xx

    1. Hi Yvonne, I agree with the Christie comment. I can read her books over and over and never get tired of them.

      The Dovekeepers is a marvelous book. It's not necessarily an easy read though. Depending on how religious you are, you need to be a bit openminded as well. But it's a book that made a lasting impact on me.

      Thanks for all the well wishes and support for WWW! I do hope that it will work out, I so enjoy the meme!

  3. I like the word Remonstrance. It's fun to say. :) I like your picks too. the Labors of Hercules makes me just want to try some Christie!!!!!

    I'll definitely be joining in on this meme at some point. :)

    1. Hi Greg! I also like the word. It feels as if a big old man with a loud and raspy voice should shout it out.

      Will be great if you can join us somewhere!

  4. I will surely not forget the meaning of remonstrance after reading this well-thought out post! Glad you took up this meme. I'll keep it in mind for future posts.

    1. Thank you Laura! I don't think I will forget any of the words that I share on WWW. That's what makes it the most fun!

      Would be ever so lovely if you can join us somewhere.

  5. Hi Mareli,

    I managed to juggle my posts around and finish off my scheduled WWWW, so I have the privilege of being the first to try out your 'Mr Linky' widget.

    I hope that you are going to enjoy your time as the meme host and I look forward to stopping by just as often as I possibly can :)

    Just in case there are any teething troubles with 'Linky', I'll also leave a link here to my post.


    Yvonne Xx

    1. Found it! Thank you Yvonne!!

      I've made this a biweekly post for the same reason, I don't always have all that much time, but I can at least try to be a week ahead with WWWW.

  6. I'm so excited that you have revived Wondrous Words. I will definitely plan to post in two weeks (I think you said you are making it a biweekly meme?) I already have the start of a post that ties into my reading of a book about happiness in Japan.

    1. Hi Debbie! Yes, biweekly. I'm too scared to commit to every Wednesday as I know I don't have the time myself. Every second week I can at least plan in advance.

      Looking forward to you joining us and to see your book on Japan!

  7. What a fun meme! I'll have to join in next time. I love your choice of Remonstrance for this week.

    1. Thanks Yvonne! It really is fun and I think you will like it. Hope to see you in two weeks time!

  8. The Labors of Hercules is one of my absolute favorites! Christie is the master of the short story in my opinion and I love how these are linked together.

    1. Thanks Katherine! I haven't actually read The Labors Of Hercules, will get to it one of these days.

  9. This sounds like a lovely meme! At the moment I'm very hit and miss with the blog - but once things settle down a bit (which they must do at some stage!) I will also join in:)).

    1. Hi there Sarah! It will be great if you can join us somewhere! Good luck with getting everything sorted and back on track again. January sure does know how to hit us all between the eyes.

  10. It looks a lot like the French "remontrance" - I love the picture you used to illustrate it ! I hope 2021 will not be worthy of remonstrances :)

    1. Hi IzaBzh! Oh we are already in one great remonstrance here! The department of basic education want to close the public schools down again until the 15th of February and it's one big mess. The fact that they don't have their ducks in a row, doesn't mean ours aren't safely on the lake already!

      Ai ai ai... but it's weekend now and I'm going to read my book!

      Have a good one!

  11. I was keeping my eye out for your first post so I could get a feel. Will join in next time.
    Lynn :D


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