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.
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Wow, this book, set in 1666, uses a lot of arcane (to me) language. And it's everyday, normal language for them - our narrator is not highly educated. This will actually take me a few weeks to do all the words from the book! I'm going to start off with just a few words this week.
snath p. 4
"he jumped when he saw me, making a great show of searching for the snath that had slipped from his hand when he'd dozed off."
the shaft or handle of a scythe.
croft p. 7
"My father's croft had been a joyless place."
a small farm, especially one worked by a tenant.
boose p. 10
"So I drove her inside and fitted it up as her boose, fattening her through the cold months with their oats."
A stall or a crib for an ox, cow, or other animal.
garth p. 13
"I could see she had expected me to pass to the kitchen garth and then come and let her in with accustomed ceremony."
a yard or garden.
tup p. 16
"She moved for the door, but I was quicker, blocking her path like a collie facing down an unruly tup."
an uncastrated male sheep; ram