Wondrous Words Wednesday - Librocubicularist

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

It's the last Wednesday of term 1 for 2021 and time for Wondrous Words Wednesday! This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and is now proudly hosted by yours truly. 

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. 

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We are so excited for the holidays. I know my Mommy really needs a break and she just need to stay in bed with a book and me for a couple of days. That is why today's Wondrous Word is simply perfect. 

 I'm not quite sure if this word is actually in the dictionary, but we did discover a new website today that is even better than a dictionary! Please don't hate me... Do you know Merriam-Webster.com? You most probably do and we are the ones arriving late to the party as usual. Wow! Mommy is going to bookmark this site with a nice big 🌟.

According to the very clever Merriam Webster:

"The sesquipedalian librocubicularist is the name for a person who reads books in bed. The first syllable of the word is based on Latin liber, which originally denoted the inner bark of a tree, and later came to be used for a sheet of papyrus used for writing before acquiring the additional senses of "book, volume, long document" and "a division of a long literary work" (and, yes, it is the source of library and librarian).
Another etymological element of librocubicularist is Latin cubiculum, meaning "bedroom," which itself is from cubare, "to lie" or "to recline" and from which English cubicle is derived. Print evidence suggests librocubicularist was checked into the English language in the early 20th century, and it has yet to check out.
The word is considered a coinage by American writer Christopher Morley. In his novel The Haunted Bookshop, published in 1919, a bookseller suggests to a Miss Chapman that she take a book up to her room and read it in bed (if she wants), and then questions, "Are you a librocubicularist?" Miss Chapman is taken aback by the word, but another character, Helen, chimes in: "He only means you are fond of reading in bed. I've been waiting to hear him work that word in the conversation. He made it up, and he's immensely proud of it."
Reading books, whether consisting of sheets of paper or virtual pages, under the sheets is a relaxing activity, and a good way to decompress after a busy day. We don't think librocubicularists themselves will become extinct, but we're crossing our fingers that the cognomen librocubicularist survives. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but it is a serendipitous find in one's reading."
Oh how I wish you could see my Mommy's face right now! She is purring and grinning like the proverbial cat that got the cream. She couldn't be happier to discover that there is an actual word for her favorite activity in the whole wide world. 

As always, my Mommy is going to try to match some books with her Wondrous Word. The tricky part today however, is that from the 626 books currently on my Mommy's Read shelf, I believe at least 600 were read in bed at some or other time. And I'm not joking her. My Mommy is a real librocubicularist and she reads in bed every single day. To make the pick a bit easier today, we've decided to go with books that she read from start to finish in bed. Yes, there are more than 6 on that list too, but these ones really stood out for various reasons. 

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - Newly married. It was with this book that Daddy realized he married a librocubicularist who won't go to sleep until her book is done. Ever since then, arrangements in the form of special reading night lights and kindle paperwhite has been made. 

Before I say Goodbye by Mary Higgins Clark - The morning my Mommy heard one of her favorite authors passed away, she started reading this one in bed and I think the title was rather apt. 

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes - Yes, I know my Mommy appears to be superwoman, but she's actually a mere mortal and can get sick. She read this one when she was sick a couple of years ago. Wonderful medicinal book. 

The Guest List by Lucy Foley - As if you didn't read it in one sitting.

Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce - Holidays! Beautiful view over the sea from the bedroom. Of course you will finish a marvelous book right there. 

Skarlaken deur Irma Venter - An Afrikaans one. Sorry. But it was brilliant! I promise to let you know if and when it will be translated into English.

Do you tend to be a librocubicularist?  Or are you as bad as my Mommy? I believe there's no cure for the disease, but that's okay. We don't suffer from it, we actually enjoy every minute!

If you want to take part in Wondrous Words Wednesday, leave your name and link in the Mr Linky Widget below and remember to visit all the other Wondrous Word Wednesday participants.

Lots of Love,


  1. Hi Mareli & Eliza

    What an excellent word and one I would like to be able to drop into a conversation sometime, but I really do need to get my tongue around its pronunciation first, and then remember it!

    I always used to read in bed before going to sleep each night, but these days I am up so late sorting out Blog Tour Reviews and Blog Posts, that I am asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. Most of my reading tends to happen for that couple of hours in the early evening, after dinner!

    'Rebecca' is one of my all time favourite books and although I haven't read a MHC book for some time, I am a fan of her writing style and storylines and I definitely haven't read 'Before I say Goodbye' so thanks for featuring that particular title!

    I have had to post a Blog Tour Review today so haven't yet published my WWW post. My aim is to publish it later this evening and then I shall pop back and add the link, so you should be able to see it either this evening or early tomorrow!

    See you later and have a good day :)

    1. Hi Yvonne! The pronunciation is a bit of a tongue twister and I just saw Debbie's comment here below where she pronounces it very phonetically for us. Do you know how many times I had to double check while writing this post??!! LOL!!

      Rebecca is really one of my all time favorites too. My sister loves Mary Higgins Clark and I think she would love to have all her books. I can't read her books all the time, but one or two a year is good!

      I do try to make 21:00 cut off time for working and blogging so that I know there is enough time for me to get in bed early enough to read some.

      I'm looking forward to reading your post and don't worry about being so hectically busy. I get it!! I wish to be busier with the blog too, but I just can't do it. So I try to stay very clear of blog tours. Way too tempting...!!

    2. Phew! I just about made it for a Wednesday post, that was close! :)

    3. I only get back to WWW now, but I am going to stop by your post now. Thanks so much!!

  2. I am, even if I prefer reading on the sofa (I'll have to invent a word for that one !). But I always read before falling asleep and when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep, I'm so grateful I have my backlit kindle :)

    1. Hi there IzaBzh! I'm sure if we search around, there might be one for it! I also enjoy reading on the couch and I have my Grandma's old banana rocker that I also love to read in. I'm also a sun-baby and love to read in the sun! I'll find a way to get comfortable.

      I also read every night before I go to sleep. No matter where we are, or how late it is. It's my sleeping pill I guess!

  3. I love this word and once I manage to pronounce it properly i shall be referring to myself as one!

    1. Wha ha ha!! I think we all struggle with the pronunciation. I had to double check the spelling also a million and one times while writing the post!

      But it's good to hear we are kindred spirits in even more ways!

  4. It looks like it's lee broh que bi que ler ist. Lee broh que bi que ler ist. Once more? Lee broh que bi que ler ist. And now I'm off for a bit of librocubiculary; I shall librocubicule; it's time for librocubicularing. Lovely, lovely.

    1. I KNEW I could count on you to help us with the pronunciation. Now I know! But now I need to go and practice it so that I can start introducing myself that way. Hi, I'm Mareli and I'm a librocubicularist. Wonder what the AA will say if you contact them and tell them that?

      Thanks for taking part Debbie and for your kind assistance!

  5. Imagine how surprised Dad was when I sauntered up and laid this one on his brow. Thanks for visiting and Happy Saint Patricks Day

    1. Hi Timmy Tomcat! Oh I can just imagine! He must try to pronounce it like all the mortals are trying to do desperately today!

      Thanks for returning the favor!

  6. What a tongue twister! But a good word to know, as I am one of them. 😇
    ~ Lex

    1. Yea!!! I think we should call an international day of the librocubicularist.

  7. Haha - what a great read, even if it is a bit tricky to say! I'm definitely a librocubicularist.
    And, I keep taking part but forgetting to post links. A thousand apologies - I must keep on top of things!
    Lynn :D

    1. Thanks Lynn! I appreciate that you take part and I'm glad you are also a librocubicularist. Reading in bed is the best!


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