Wondrous Words Wednesday …
Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading, or elsewhere
This time, all four of my words I discovered in a recently read book, which although I might have made an educated guess at defining at least a couple of them, isn’t quite the same as getting it spot on!
“The next day was Friday and the promised end to Rose’s first week. She dashed down the Great Stairs in the special muffled silence of mid-lesson time, away from that staring oculus set into the high ceiling”
OCULUS – An oculus (plural oculi, from Latin oculus, ‘eye’) is a circular opening in the centre of a dome or in a wall. Originating in antiquity, it is a feature of Byzantine and Neoclassical architecture. It is also known as an œil-de-boeuf from the French, or simply a “bull’s-eye”.
“Your tunnel that runs from the school to the beach. A postern; they say William Wallace once used it”
POSTERN – A postern is a secondary door or gate in a fortification such as a city wall or castle curtain wall. Posterns were often located in a concealed location which allowed the occupants to come and go inconspicuously. In the event of a siege, a postern could act as a SALLY PORT, allowing defenders to make a sortie on the besiegers. Placed in a less exposed, less visible location, they were usually relatively small, and therefore easily defensible.
SALLY PORT – A sally port is a secure, controlled entry way to an enclosure, e.g., a fortification or prison. The entrance is usually protected by some means, such as a fixed wall on the outside, parallel to the door, which must be circumvented to enter and prevents direct enemy fire from a distance. It may include two sets of doors that can be barred independently to further delay enemy penetration. From around 1600 to 1900, a sally port was a sort of dock where boats picked up or dropped off ship crews from vessels anchored offshore. That meaning occasionally still occurs, especially in coastal Great Britain
“The porter told her it was the ‘haar‘ come in from the water and that she mustn’t go for any walks or she’d lose her way from one metre to the next”
HAAR – In meteorology, haar or sea fret is a cold sea fog. It occurs most often on the east coast of England or Scotland between April and September, when warm air passes over the cold North Sea. The term is also known as har, hare, harl, harr and hoar.
That’s four new to me words this time
How many of them do you recognise?
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 Mareli, over at ‘Elza Reads‘
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 Mareli and the rest of us, all love to read your comments as well, so that we can visit and share your own words of the week, or simply say Hi!
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