Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday: Year of Wonders

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


bermudaonion said...

Those are all new to me. Can you imagine falling asleep with a scythe in your hand? Yikes! Garth amazes me - I wonder how it transitioned to a first name. Thanks for playing along!

Unknown said...

Year of Wonders is a book I want to read and have on my shelf. Now if I can remember these words when I read it....
I've heard or read of only croft, the rest are all new to me. I think boose is my favorite. What a strange word! I like garth too...I wonder what men named Garth think about their named meaning garden?!

Thanks for some great & old words!

Louise said...

I've read a number of Geraldine Brooks' books, but haven't read this one. The language does sound challenging, but i'm sure that it helps set the scene and the tone of the book. Although authors have to walkt a fine balance I think, enough words to set atmosphere, but not too many as to be unreadable. I only knew croft, but do like boose- can't think of how I would ever slip that in to conversation though.

Annie said...

Of course they are all new to me ! I agree with Louise comment when I try to read a book in English: I like to find new words in a book but not too many !

Care said...

I loved this book but it was before blogging so I don't know if jotted these words down or not. Probably not, since I didn't know the meanings of any.

Anonymous said...

I've never read a book by this author. From the sentences it sounds interesting, but don't know if I'd like having to stop so often to look up words.
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Scribacchina said...

All new to me!
Imagine the research Brook had to go through to get the language right! I'll have to check this one out.

Bev Hankins said...

What a great bunch of words--all new to me!

Here's mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/05/wondrous-words-wednesday_25.html