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.”
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)


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