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This week’s words are from The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.

Ptarmigan — “On our slow climb up the long valley we’d see ptarmigan and deer and marten, sometimes a white Alpine fox.”

Ptarmigan is a type of grouse from mountainous or cold northern regions.

Ineluctably — “It was an epic moment, one we’d never forget–and somehow the skiing seemed ineluctably part of it….”

Ineluctably means incapable of being evaded, inescapable.

Berm — “….Jinny said, and followed Pauline to the edge of the garden, where a small green berm stood surrounded by willow trees.”

A berm is a level strip of ground at the summit or sides, or along the base, of a slope.