Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. It's hosted by Kathy at bermudaonion.
I only have one word this week but it's a cracker- widdershins. From Pond Magic by Angela Sunde- a clever, rather modern kids book where the main character is trying to undo a spell that is turning her into a frog. She uses an online translator to translate a spell from French into English. The first line is translated:
Looking-glass widdershins the turn
The meaning is given to us rather promptly within the text
'Widdershins? That's not English.'
'It means anti-clockwise.' said Lily.
My Shorter Oxford defines it (originally from Scotland)
1. In a direction opposite to the usual one; the wrong way round.
2. In a direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun (considered unlucky or associated with occult rites); anticlockwise
Cool. I'm going to try to drop it into conversation sometime soon, so beware.