1. … My first word this time, comes from one of the books I am currently reading, ‘Dead Money Run’ by J. Frank James. Whilst the traditional definition for this word is well known, this alternative did need looking up to get it into context!
I walked in their direction. As I did, I removed the sap that I had taken off one of the cowboys in South Carolina and wrapped my hand around the leather handle.
SAP … A leather-covered bludgeon with a short, flexible shaft or strap, used as a hand weapon.
NB. Here in the UK, we would be more familiar with this weapon as a truncheon, cosh, or nightstick.
2. … This next word, I came across on a blog post, published by Mike Nettleton, one half of the ‘Deadly Duo Duh Blog’, along with wife and author, Carolyn J. Rose.
Walking the Doggerel
Dudley Official Doggerel of the U.S. National Poetry team.
DOGGEREL … A low, or trivial, form of verse, loosely constructed and often irregular, but effective because of its simple mnemonic rhyme and loping metre. It appears in most literatures and societies as a useful form for comedy and satire. It is characteristic of children’s game rhymes from ancient times to the present and of most nursery rhymes.
A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill will hold more than his belican
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I’m damned if I see how the helican!
3. … My final word for this time, comes from a book I recently read, ‘Last Step’ by Gwyneth Williams.
It seemed unlikely that any putative murderer would try to penetrate the hospital in the middle of the fternoon and, on seeing Sara so well surrounded, attempt to bump them all off.
PUTATIVE … Generally considered or reputed to be.
… 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.
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