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Wednesday, March 10, 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.

All of today's words come from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

As I mentioned last week, I did not include the words for flowers, birds, herbs, swearing, Gaelic, Latin, or French. There were so many unfamiliar words here, I am going to break this into multiple posts. Thankfully I found a couple of sources of Scottish slang as many of these words were not found in dictionary.com. The frequency of these words may seem to drop off but that’s because I only list them once, and many of these did appear throughout the book.

Canty (279)
“We led them on a canty chase uphill and through burns and over rocks and such.”
cheerful; lively.
Strathspeys (310)
“The innkeeper’s wife and I tucked up our skirts and danced jigs and reels and strathspeys without ceasing.”
a slow Scottish dance in quadruple meter.
Tarns (317)
“Thistle and tansy and meadowsweet surrounded these tarns with thick growth.”
a small mountain lake or pool, esp. one in a cirque.
Tawse (401)
“We’d mostly get it across the palm of the hand with a tawse, in the schoolhouse.”
a leather strap for punishing children
Porpentine (422)
“Fretful porpentine, was it?”
Porcupine
Fashed (428)
“Ye look a bit fashed, all in all.”
troubled and bothered
Frowsting (463)
“You’ve been frowsting in bed quite long enough.”
To enjoy a warm, stuffy room.
Saft (464)
“It’s a bit saft out.”
soft
Shinty (466)
“When she called m e to her chamber and gave me the raw side of her tongue for leading a game of shinty through her rose garden.”
A Scotch game resembling hockey; also, the club used in the game
Puissant (485)
“Here and there might have been discerned a frown at these revelations concerning a most puissant noble of the English Crown.”
powerful; mighty; potent.
Quinsy (488)
“The morbid sore throat that theoretically had something to do with her current complaint of quinsy, though I couldn’t at the moment see the connection.”
a suppurative inflammation of the tonsils; suppurative tonsillitis; tonsillar abscess.
Dittay (526)
“After the reading of the dittay, the witnesses were called.”
In Scots law: The matter of charge or ground of indictment against one accused of crime.
Breeks (533)
“Mr. Gowan drew himself still straighter than his normal upright posture, braced both thumbs in the waist of his breeks.”
Scot. and North England. breeches; trousers.
Peruke (533)
“Ned Gowan’s grey peruke inclined itself in the most precise of formal bows.”
a man's wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig. (see picture)
Skelp (538)
“Strip her and skelp her.”
a slap, smack, or blow, esp. one given with the open hand.
Harled (573)
“A handsome three-story manor of harled white stone.”
a Scottish term describing an exterior building surfacing technique. The theory of harling is to produce a long-lasting weatherproof shield for a stone building. The pigment is embedded in the harled material, thus obviating the need for repainting.
Kailyard (580)
“These must be on the other side of the house, with the farm’s granary and the henyard, kailyard, and a disused chapel.”
a kitchen garden.
Frachetty (582)
“Makes her frachetty, not that I’d blame her.”
between fidgety and crochety.
Kertch (607)
“She wore a starched white kertch that hid most of her hair.”
the kertch is a triangular cloth, usually white, tied around the head to cover the hair. (see picture)
Brankie (609)
“Now he’s a brankie wee worker, is Rabbie.”
gay
Factor (614)
“Ian’s father was the factor for Lallybroch, like Ian is now.”
Scot. the steward or bailiff of an estate.
Cockernonny (635)
“I’ll make ye a proper cockernonny.”
an old Scottish women’s hairstyle. It was a gathering up of the hair, after a fashion similar to the modern chignon, and sometimes called a "cock-up".
Moil (643)
“[He] forbade anyone from the Castle to go down, for fear of being caught up in the moil.”
confusion, turmoil, or trouble.

3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Wow, what a great list of words! I'd need a translator to help me read that book. The only word that's familiar to me is puissant. Thanks for playing along!

Suko said...

I'm ready for a trip to Scotland, to the bonnie bonnie banks . . .

Great words, great theme, great post!

Teresa said...

Love, love, love Outlander. Great list.