Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday: Year of Wonders V

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.

This is the last week for Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks! I promise, it was really good despite the very long list of words I didn't know! I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it highly!

fother p. 182
"...instead of freeing out a fother of ore, the entire weight of the ground above can come piling down to bury you."
A wagonload; a load of any sort.

chouse p. 190
"How can you chouse the suffering so?"
to swindle; cheat.

sward p. 190
"We could stand where we would on that sward, although most of us kept to that old order, with the yeomen and the miners towards the front, then the artisans, then the crofters and the hands."
the grassy surface of land; turf.

spud p. 191
"And so a person who yet lived would lie in his sickbed and listen to the rise and fall of my father's spud."
a spadelike instrument, especially one with a narrow blade, as for digging up or cutting the roots of weeds.

guerdon p. 192
"...for even in the tales of the ancients, the ferryman who carried souls across the Styx had required his guerdon."
a reward, recompense, or requital.

cucking p. 194
"That, I would say, could be counted also as a good thing brought by this grim season; that the stocks and the cucking stool and all such barbarous implements have fallen into disuse."
A dunking stool.

siling p. 203
"By morning it was siling down with a force that peeled the soil from the hillsides and filled the streams until they broke brownly over their banks."
a colander (this doesn't quite work - it'/s a noun not a verb - but perhaps it's related to draining water through a colander, therefore meaning draining?)

turves p. 222
"Jane Martin lay sprawled on some turves, her dress pushed up to her head, too drunk to even cover her nakedness."
plural of turf.

blebs p. 245
"Her skin, where it had been immersed all night, was all broken out in blebs."
a blister or vesicle.

blenched p. 248
"Instead, I had begun to believe that fear - of my father, while he lived, and of Aphra's oddity since - had blenched the will to speak away from her."
to shrink; flinch; quail.

spavined p. 271
"Those horses had been old or spavined creatures, so the feel of Anteros unsaddled underneath me was a surprise."
being of or marked by a decrepit or broken-down condition.

placket p. 273
"His gray eyes scanned me, and I suddenly became aware that I was barely decent, riding astride with my skirt tugged up above my placket, my hair loose to my waist, my cap lost upon the moors, my cheeks flushed and misted with sweat."
the opening or slit at the top of a skirt, or in a dress or blouse, that facilitates putting it on and taking it off.

carrack p. 299
"As it happened, and fittingly enough, I suppose, a carrack loaded with Peak-mines pigs was the only ship sailing on that morning's tide, bound for the great glassmakers of Venice."
a merchant vessel having various rigs, used especially by Mediterranean countries in the 15th and 16th centuries; galleon.

cuddy p. 299
"So I paid out some of the Bradfords' gold for a cuddy and more to quiet the wet nurse, who wailed that she had not bargained on a sea voyage."
a small room, cabin, or enclosed space at the bow or stern of a boat, especially one under the poop.


Jen said...

Very cool! I'm inspired to work one or two of these into a conversation this week. :)

bermudaonion said...

The only words that are familiar to me are placket and blenched. I'm wondering if fother is pronounced the same as father. I know spud with a totally different meaning. Thanks for sharing all of your new words.

Louise said...

I do enjoy Geraldine Brooks, although I haven't read this particular book, she certainly has been a source of many great words hasn't she? Most of them unfamiliar to me here. thanks for sharing.

Margot said...

All new words to me. I'll bet you're going to miss the new-word challenge now that you've finished this book.

Unknown said...

No worries, I have read books with many, many words...
This is an interesting collection of words, many I have never read before. I'm going to have to refer to this list when I read Year of Wonders!
I think I like Blebs the best! Cucking is a good one too!