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.
Today's words come from my recent reading of T.S Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
1. Serried (Adjective)
She probably escaped with ease, I'm sure she was not drowned-
But a serried ring of flashing steel Growltiger did surround.
2. Terpsichorean (Adjective)
Reserving their terpsichorean powers
To dance by the light of the Jellicle Moon.
Of or related to dancing.
3. Braw (Adjective, Scottish)
For your Pollicle Dog is a dour Yorkshire tyke,
And his braw Scottish cousins are snappers and biters,
i) Fine, splendid
ii) Dressed in a fine or showy manner
4. Prestidigitation (Noun)
i) Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand
ii) A show of skill or deceitful cleverness.
5. Legerdemain (Noun)
i) Sleight of hand.
ii) A show of skill of deceitful cleverness.
6. Brummell of Cats
In the whole of St James's the smartest of names is
The name of this Brummell of Cats
George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (7 June 1778- 30 March 1840) was an iconic figure in Regency England, the arbiter of men's fashion, and a friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. Wiki.
7. Strassburg Pie
And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie
A pastry containing pate de foie gras and bacon, wiki says this was formerly known as Strassburg Pie in English, as Strassburg was a major producer of foie gras.
|A modern incarnation|
|Although they apparently used to look more like this extraordinary creation!|