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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy aka Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun.
These words are from the tail end of Jane Eyre. There was a large chunk in the middle where I couldn’t note hard words as I was on the treadmill, but I didn’t really notice many in that section. Around when she leaves the Rivers they start back up.

Hierophant (390)
“For you I have… a neophyte’s respect and submission to his hierophant: nothing more – don’t fear.”
An ancient Greek priest who interpreted sacred mysteries, especially the priest of the Eleusinian mysteries.

Ruth (393)
“No ruth met my ruth.”
1. pity or compassion.
2. sorrow or grief.
3. self-reproach; contrition; remorse.

Cumbrous (403)
“Exulted as if in joy over the success of one effort it had been privileged to make, independent of the cumbrous body.”
Cumbersome

Lameter (416)
“not suffer you to devote yourself to a blind lameter like me?”
a cripple (Scots)

Cicatrized (417)
“I thought you would be revolted, Jane, when you saw my arm, and my cicatrized visage.”
Healed by the formation of scar tissue.

Redd (419)

“There, sir, you are redd up and made decent.”
To put in order; tidy (Scots)


These words are from The Prime of Miss Jean Brody by Muriel Sparks:

Tussore (22)
"Sometimes the girls would put a little spot of ink on a sleeve of their tussore silk blouses so that they might be sent to the science room in the Senior school."
a tan silk from India. Compare to Shantung.

Firth of Forth (49)
"“What religions are you?” said Miss Brodie with her pen poised on the page while, outside in the sky, the gulls from the Firth of Forth wheeled over the school and the green and golden tree-tops swayed towards the windows."
Forth: Firth of, an arm of the North Sea, in SE Scotland: estuary of Forth River. 48 mi. (77 km) long.

Musquash (58)
"Miss Brodie sat shriveled and betrayed in her long-preserved dark musquash coat."
Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.

Dragoman (113)
“My dragoman in Egypt would not have it that Friday was their Lord’s Day.”
(in the Near East) a professional interpreter.

6 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Your words are fantastic! I especially like ruth - I had no idea it was anything but a name. Thanks for participating!

Carin said...

that one surprised me too. I read the sentence several times, unable to come up with any idea what "ruth" meant without the dictionary. I really like this meme becuase I didn't realize quite how many words I just breeze by without knowing, and how it can impact the meaning when I guess.

Suko said...

These are wonderful wondrous words. Did you enjoy The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie?

I had fun with this meme: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/02/wondrous-words-wednesday-whats-for.html

Lisa notes... said...

I especially liked ruth, too. Never, ever heard of it used like that. Interesting!

Rachelle said...

These are great! What a great idea for a meme - I hadn't heard of this one before. I always have a million words to look up for everything I read! One good thing about a Kindle - the definitions are right there.

Thanks!
Rachelle

Lisa said...

Those are great words! I love words like ruth - familiar words with new meanings.

My words are here.