New words can come from anywhere. Today I've found my words in books, on the tele, and online.
Today's first word came from Maurice Gee's Under the Mountain. It did have a number of words that weren't exactly new, but that I did look up- like kapok and manuka, just to see what the tree looks like really, I'm familiar with, but not overly fond of the honey.
1. Scow (Noun)
They saw other boats in it- yachts and motor boats cruising back from the gulf, a scow hauled by a launch, a coastal freighter waiting for its pilot- and far behind, but closer than they had expected, the small white foam patch made by the Wilberforces.
A large flatbottom boat with square ends, used chiefly for transporting freight.
This word came as I was reading the final credits of an episode of Outnumbered. An amazing BBC comedy series if you haven't seen it.
2. Chugger (Noun)
Seems to be a contracture of charity mugger. I like this longer definition from Urban Dictionary too.
I had encountered chuggers before, recognised them for what they are, but never knew what that they had a name. And then there it was the very next week on Gordon Street Tonight!
One of my favourite Outnumbered scenes:
And this one from reading a Huffington Post article. Probably a waste of time article, but I still learnt a new word.
3. Doo rag
A piece of cloth used to cover the head. Wiki.
Ah, I knew what these are, but not what they are called, or even that they had a name beyond bandana.
I recently read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Which, whilst it was a great book, it wasn't a great source of new words. But I did find one. Which much like dandled is now popping up everywhere I look.
More than twenty four dollars. That would be quite a nice boodle to put in their knapsacks if they were using knapsacks instead of instrument cases.
i) Money, especially counterfeit money
ii) Money accepted as a bribe
iii) Stolen goods; swag
iv) A crowd of people, caboodle.
v) All of one's possessions; a disorderly mass; a crowd; a lot; stock in trade; capital. The Free Dictionary
Then they give an example
Example: whole kit and boodle, 1625.
Which is interesting as in Australia we would say the whole kit and caboodle. A term I haven't really thought about until today.