Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fabulous weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our weekly reading.
Recently I've been reading another My Story book to my 10 year old son for bed time reading. He's probably almost grown out of bed time reading, but we plug on, rather slowly it must be said with this book. It really hasn't grabbed my attention, or his. We're 90 something pages in, nothing has happened, and they all have odd names, even the dog, Pollux. Although any book set 2,000 years ago will have some interesting words. And this one is no exception.
1. Distaff (noun)
Mother handed me the wooden distaff.
A word so important that it needs its own wikipaedia page. Not being one prone to doing much spinning I wasn't aware that a distaff was a tool used in spinning flax and wool.
2. Strigils (noun)
Slaves carry our strigils, oils and sponge sticks.
Strigils are so important they're on display at the British Museum.
3. Stola (noun)
Mother has bought me a new tunic- it is very long, like a proper grown-up stola.
The traditional garment worn by Roman women.
4. Dormice (noun)
I loitered as far back in the party as I could, feeling as fat and full as one of those stuffed dormice.
As an Australian, I've heard of dormice (although always presumed that they were doormice), but didn't really know what they looked like (or that you could eat them). I don't generally find rodents all that cute, but these are certainly too cute to eat.
Although it definitely appears that they did.