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.
This weeks words are from Comet in Moominland.
1. Tarn (Noun)
A little farther down they came to a tarn, which had sunk so low in its stone basin that the sides were too steep for them to get down and have a swim.
i) A small mountain lake, especially one formed by glaciers. The Free Dictionary.
|An Aussie tarn|
2. Titivating (Verb)
But as she was titivating herself, a horrifying picture came into the looking-glass.
i) To smarten up (oneself or another), as by making up, doing the hair etc
ii) To make decorative additions to, to spruce up. The Free Dictionary.
Why are all the Google images of Pamela Anderson?
3. Cowslip (Noun)
"Oh, we celebrated my escape with minnows and cowslip wine for many hours," answered Snufkin.
Primula veris. A flowering plant native throughout most of temperate Europe and Asia. The common name cowslip derives from the Old English cūslyppe meaning "cow dung", probably because the plant was often found growing amongst the manure in cow pastures. (Wiki) Nice. Despite this, cowslip leaves and flowers have culinary uses in many countries, including using the flowers to flavour wine. And indeed good old Google tells me that the ladies of Cranford busy themselves making cowslip wine.
The alternative name of palsywort caught my attention, and now The Free Dictionary tells me - A perennial herb, the flowers and roots of which contain flavonoids, glycosides, and saponins; it is analgesic, antispasmodic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, and sedative. (not exactly what you look for in a wine) It has been used internally for arthritis, headache, insomnia, measles, paralysis, respiratory tract infections, and restlessness, and topically for sunburns.