Thursday 15 September 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday 14/9/11

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.  

New words can turn up anywhere. Even reading your friends blog which is usually about chocolate but sometimes about soup. And brilliant green soupy diadems.

1. Diadem (noun)

A crown worn as a sign of royalty. The Free Dictionary.

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I recently read Jackie French's new book Nanberry. It's getting fabulous reviews around the place, and deservedly so. Any historical fiction will usually give you some interesting new words, and Nanberry was no exception.

1. Collops (noun)

She had fried the kangaroo collops in the giant skillet, and added a dust of flour and water to make their gravy.

A small portion of food or a slice, especially of meat. A roll of fat flesh. Middle English. The Free Dictionary.

2. Lags (noun)
Then he saw them: a line of lags in convict grey, chains linking their ankles as they shuffled up the road.

Whilst I knew the falling behind kind of lag, and that one can lag pipes for insulation I was unfamiliar with this usage. The Free Dictionary tells us that lag is indeed a convict, or ex-convict in British slang, and that it can actually mean the act of imprisonment too.

3. Skeps (noun)
Neat farmhouses with bee skeps behind them, and big eyed dairy cows; here an orchard of peach trees and ripening plums or a boy shepherding a small flock of sheep, heavy with wool; there bullockies with teams of sixteen or more, hauling loads of logs or sacks or what he supposed was grain.

A beehive, especially one constructed of straw. The Free Dictionary.

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bermudaonion said...

I've certainly seen pictures of skeps, but I never knew what they're called. I think I need a diadem! Thanks for participating!

Louise said...

Oh I think we all need a diadem Kathy! I'd seen skeps too, but had never heard the word before either.

Satia said...

Collop. Love it. Like dollop only with meat.

Kath Lockett said...

I think I'll use 'collops' every day now! "We're having a fresh garden salad with marinated collops of chicken."

Louise said...

Satia I love the dollop/collop - I hadn't thought of that!

Oh I hope so Kath. Perhaps we all should. Tonight we're having smoked salmon collop pizza.

Joy said...

Those skeps are wonderful! Like modern art only functional and organic.
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Hannah said...

Oh!! Louise, I'm so full of smiles! And I'm mighty glad Diadem came before Collops. (Collops sound like disease growths to me, actually!)