‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.
It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog. You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.
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This week, I am reading an historical, western, suspense/romance, so some of the words I have come across are very pertinent to that particular era.
The genre of the ‘Western’ is not one that I have read before, although I can always remember that on family visits to the library as children, my parents would often come away with a selection from the genre.
Of course, having a younger brother back in the 1960s/70s, was guaranteed to find us and many of the other local children, playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’ at some point in time, in the hope of emulating ‘John Wayne’, or ‘Big Chief Sitting Bull’
I wonder just how many children in today’s world have even come across the phrase ‘Cowboys and Indians’ before, let alone know its meaning and history? The demise of ‘The Western’ films, is just another sign of the evolution of time, I guess.
DOUBLE CROSSING by Meg Mims
A full synopsis can be found by clicking the Amazon link above.
1. TARNATION – “What in tarnation is going on here?”
Tarnation – A mild oath or explanation
2. MULESKINNER – “That stinkin’ muleskinner packed a punch.”
Muleskinner – A person who drives and usually rides in a wagon pulled by mules.
3. HAYSEED – “I didn’t want to get stuck marrying a hayseed.”
Hayseed –Derogatory term for a farmer, also called a hayshaker.
4. DRUMMER – “He couldn’t remember. Drummers get around the country you know.”
Drummer – Travelling salesman
Drumming – Soliciting of customers in a retail establishment.
5. BRAKEMAN – “I wouldn’t trust an Injun if you paid me. You seen the brakeman who was scalped – left for dead?”
Brakeman – One who operates, inspects, or repairs brakes, especially a railroad employee who assists the conductor and checks on the operation of a train’s brakes.
All these great words and many more besides, are defined on a fantastic site I found called ‘Legends of America’
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