Thursday, May 23, 2013

World of Words Wednesday

The letter of the week at ABC Wednesday is S and continuing my theme, here are the women authors I am highlighting –
Murasaki Shikibu – The author of ‘The Tale of Genji’ which is acknowledged as the world’s first novel. I am trying to find a copy of the translated book so I can read it – part of the ‘1001 Books to read’ list. But I still included her because of this wonderful fact – that in times when society was male-dominated, the writing that came out of it and is now ‘sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be considered a classic’(from Wikipedia) was written by a woman.
Anna Sewell – The author of ‘Black Beauty’, a childhood favorite of mine (and still continues to be one) and a universally popular book - one of the best-selling books of all time.  
Harriet Beecher Stowe  – The author of  ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’.

For Haiku Heights – betrayal and 3WW – finish silky clever

Silky smooth finish

Hid a clever cunning mind

Betrayal – easy

For Wondrous Words Wednesday,
  • battledore -  n. 1. a. An early form of badminton played with a flat wooden paddle and a shuttlecock. b. The paddle used in this game.
  • stutter-step: It is a footwork technique in tennis. From wikipedia - Although the term is mainly used in tennis, it has also become a modern term that is used commonly meaning to "unsurely make a decision or perform a job or activity". For example, you could 'stutter step" in a decision, or take slow, unsure steps and be cautious towards it instead of to just make up your mind and go for it.


  1. I thought stutter-step was how you walked down the aisle during a wedding. Battledore is totally new to me - it makes the game sound so much more fierce!

  2. Great authors, all of them. I read many of them, only the Japanese writer I don't know.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  3. Well, I knew 2 of the 3 authors - better than usual!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday

  4. Of course the haiku is lovely but what caught my attention more is the stutter-step... perhaps because I am always that :D

    but the haiku is quite beautiful :)


  5. Lovely haiku...

    Black beauty is a universal favorite, across all ages :)

  6. It is always easy for the silky smooth skin to betray... it slips so easily.

  7. Black Beauty is my DH's favourite story - he had a learning disability in early school and was called "stupid" (goes to show the intelligence of the teachers at that time!) so when he came upon Anna Sewell's book, he loved it so much that he forced himself to read...Now you can't get him out from behind a book!

    abcw team


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