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Wednesday, March 17, 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.

I did not include the words for flowers, birds, herbs, swearing, Gaelic, Latin, or French. This is my last post where all the words are from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I don’t know if it’s mostly the Scottish that made so many of these pop up for me, or the historical, though I suspect it’s both. Thankfully I found a couple of sources of Scottish slang as many of these words were not found in dictionary.com. I only listed words once, the first time I ran across them, regardless of how many times they appeared.

Brose (653)
“On one occasion, I had left the table to fetch a brose pudding for dessert.”
a porridge made by stirring boiling liquid into oatmeal or other meal.
Addlepated (749)
“This made him look so like an addlepated tiger that I burst into half-hysterical laughter before I could stop myself.”
addlebrained.
Costive (759)
“At least I’ll not be costive for a bit.”
suffering from constipation; constipated.
Bothies (765)
“We passed a few scattered bothies, smoke rising from the thatched roofs.”
a hut or small cottage.
Caudle (777)
“He emphatically refused any suggestion of caudle or broth for breakfast.”
a warm drink for the sick, as of wine or ale mixed with eggs, bread, sugar, spices, etc.
Ogives (779)
“The library was beautiful, high-roofed, with soaring Gothic columns that joined in ogives in the mutichambered roof.”
a pointed arch. (see picture)
Sortes Virgilianae (796)
“I was hardly the first person to have recourse to the sortes Virgilianae in time of confusion or trouble.”
a form of divination by bibliomancy in which advice or predictions of the future are sought by randomly selecting a passage from Virgil's Aeneid
Ciborium (800)
“Abbot Alexander sat at the bed-side, accompanied by a monk who held a tray with a covered ciborium, two small silver bottles containing holy water and chrism, and a whit cloth draped across both forearms.”
any container designed to hold the consecrated bread or sacred wafers for the Eucharist.
Posset (817)
“He was sick of broth, posset, and milk.”
a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or the like, often sweetened and spiced.
Oriel (849)
“Here an ancient oriel window opened glassless to the sky.”
a form of bay window commonly found in Gothic revival architecture, which jut out from the main wall of the building but do not reach to the ground (see picture)

3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I am totally intimidated by that book and from and from your posts, I have good reason to be. I didn't know any of those words, but I sure do love the sound of addlepated. Thanks for participating!

Lisa said...

I was familiar with oriel and addlepated, but a lot of those were new. Great words!


My word is here.

Suko said...

I know I've come across addlepated before, but to be honest I did not remember its meaning. Great job! I have Outlander but haven't read it yet.

Here are mine: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/03/wondrous-words-wednesday-st-patricks.html