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Wondrous Words Wednesday


‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have 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.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well!!


My words this week are taken from:

 The Lost Luggage Porter (Jim Stringer Mystery) by Andrew Martin ..

 “A novel of murder, mystery and steam.



…The platforms were clarted with spilt paint and flour, half-cabbages, and the remnants of long-gone cargoes…

1. To be covered in something, normally referred to an object … “My boots were clarted in mud.”

2. To put too much on something … “She clarted her face with makeup.”

3. The act of clapping to disguise the sound of one’s fart.



…He had not been ‘fixed’ in the parlance of Sampson and Hopkins; he would not have to go down in my report…

1. A particular manner of speaking, especially when specialized: eg. political parlance

2. Any discussion, such as a debate



… “Five hundred invoices a day,” he said, making a writing motion, “… and  demurrage bills are a great scarcity across my desk, I can tell you that.”

1. Detention of a ship, freight car, or other cargo conveyance during loading or unloading beyond the scheduled time of departure.

2. Compensation paid for such detention.

3. A fee charged by the Bank of England for changing bullion into notes.



… Sacks he charged for, which he shouldn’t have; porterage which he should’ve, he bloody did not …

1. The carrying of burdens or goods as done by porters.

2. The charge for this activity.

I could have probably worked this one out for myself, but it is such a ‘good sounding word’, that I  simply wanted to include it …. hope you don’t mind?


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