Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

Here we are Wednesday again!   How did that come round so quickly?  I am currently reading Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth, my first word is from this book.

ordure - noun. dung
"The ordure in the courtyards used to be disgusting, I was told."

My next word is from Hearts of Gold by Catrin Collier set in Pontypridd, Wales.

crachach or crache - is a pejorative term used to refer to those of the Establishment in Wales who are thought of as snobs.  Often Welsh speaking, they are believed to be found in influential positions in the arts, politics, academia and the media.
"We're going where the crache live.  They're the ones who can afford to throw out old for new."

Another recent read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett threw up a new word for me. 

adze - noun. a tool similar to an axe with an arched blade at right angles to the handle, used for cutting or shaping large pieces of wood.
vb. cut away the surface (a piece of wood) with an adze.
"[...] carefully shaping a length of beech-wood with an adze."

A random word I found and saved for these posts.

rout - noun. 1. a disorderly retreat of defeated troops, (a large evening party or assembly).
2. an assembly of people who have made a move towards committing an illegal act which would constitute an offence of riot.
vb. defeat caused to retreat in disorder.
"[...] where by night and day lacquered coaches flitted from dinners to card parties to rout."

What interesting words have you found to share this week?

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