Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Wondrous Words Wednesday: Year of Wonders II
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
jussive p. 16
"His voice was low but its jussive tone stopped her."
adjective (especially in Semitic languages) expressing a mild command.
arrogated p. 17
"Kindly ask your mother to do me the honor of advancing the same tolerance for my absence now that your family arrogated for so long in regard to its own."
to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right
whisket p. 24
"The day after that, I came home and found Jamie decked out like a Harlequin in all the fabric scraps from Mr. Viccars's whisket."
A basket; esp., a straw provender basket.
scrins p. 26
"Sam's world was a dark, damp maze of rakes and scrins thirty feet under the ground."
I can't find a definition of this word, but all the sites suggest I might be misstyping "screens". Perhaps this is simply an earlier spelling of that word.
whinchat p. 34
"...as I watched a whinchat trailing a worm to feed his young, I wondered if I, too, should look for a helper in the rearing of my boys."
a small Old world thrush, Saxicola rubetra, having a buff-colored breast and white streaks in the tail.
stook p. 36
"I set myself to do it every Sunday, adding to my harvest like a farmer building his stook."
a number of sheaves set upright in a field to dry with their heads together.
philters p. 39
"Aphra harbored a wealth of superstitions in her simple mind and was ever ready to believe in sky-signs or charms or philters."
a potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with some specific person.
clemmed p. 41
"But then I realized it was nigh to noon and Tom would be fair-clemmed and mewling for his milk."
bavins p. 41
"...Jamie, all subdued, playing alone by the hearth, making towers from the bavins and thus strewing bits of broken kindling everywhere."
a piece of kindling wood.
excrescence p. 42
"His face, half turned away from me because of the excrescence, was flushed scarlet, or rather, blotched, with shapes like rings of rose petals blooming under his skin."
an abnormal outgrowth, usually harmless, on an animal or vegetable body.
fanfarroon p. 57
"The Bradford's' son was a rake-shamed, drunken fanfarroon who fortunately stayed mostly in London."
fanfaron: a braggart.
bruiting p. 61
"Lord Radisson... has been bruiting it about that he feels it his duty to stay and 'set an example.'"
to voice abroad; rumor