Wednesday, March 24, 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.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Okay I was very worried that this was going to be another Outlander when I had a word on the very first page, but luckily it didn't turn out that way.

sabot p. 3
"The woman in the lane carries herself with dignity, and she isn't wearing the shabby apron and wooden sabots of the village."
a shoe made of a single block of wood hollowed out, worn esp. by farmers and workers in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, etc. (see picture)

alizarin p. 18
"Robert's clothes were stained with oil paint, smudges of alizarin, cerulean, yello ochre - colors vivid against that determined drabness."
a solid appearing reddish-orange as crystals and brownish-yellow as powder, C14H8O4, one of the earliest known dyes, formerly obtained in its natural state from madder and now derived from anthraquinone: used chiefly in the synthesis of other dyes. (this wasn't very helpful, please see picture)

pellucid p. 357
"The morning was gray with mist, clearing in uneven patches overhead to show pellucid sky."
allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent.

sea-wrack p. 357
"I came out onto a stony beach, to the slop of water and sea-wrack, the bubbling tide among gray fingers of land."
seaweed or other vegetation cast on the shore.

TGVs p. 544
"But there were only three sleek, space-age TGVs pulled up to the near end of the rail, and the interior echoed with unintelligible departure announcements."
a high-speed French passenger train that runs on a separate track and is capable of a top speed of over 200 mph


bermudaonion said...

I had to look up alizarin when I read The Swan Thieves too. I knew TGV from when we lived in France - we loved traveling on the TGV!

Margot said...

I knew about wooden shoes but I didn't know what they were called. I like all the pictures with the words.