Wondrous Words Wednesday …
Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading
The first words come from a lovely book which I reviewed back in December 2020
“Are you in for a busy day with the guests?’ she asked him, drying her hands on the pinny tied around her waist. His duties as keeper had been unofficially expanded to those of ghillie as well, but she knew he’d rather be out on the hills than standing on a river bank or rowing a boat while instructing inept guests how to cast for salmon“
GHILLIE – (the first two definitions apply in this context)
(In Scotland) A man or boy who attends someone on a hunting or fishing expedition.
(In Scotland) A Highland chief’s attendant.
A type of shoe with laces along the instep and no tongue, used especially for Scottish country dancing.
A ghillie suit is a type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble the background environment such as foliage, snow or sand. Typically, it is a net or cloth garment covered in loose strips of burlap (hessian), cloth, or twine, sometimes made to look like leaves and twigs, and optionally augmented with scraps of foliage from the a
“Tying her apron, Flora set to work, fetching the ingredients and utensils she’d need to prepare the meat first, a fine haunch from a stag that her father and Sir Charles had shot a couple of weeks ago, with Ruaridh along, as usual, to lead the garron”
GARRON – A garron or garran, from Gaelic gearran, is a type of a small sturdy horse or pony. The term occurs in Scotland and in Ireland, and generally refers to an undersized beast. In Scotland, a garron is one of the types of Highland pony. It is the larger, heavier type bred on the mainland. The Isles’ type of pony is generally smaller and slightly finer, but still within the breed standard. There is less difference today than there once was between these two types.
“Once Iain had deftly gralloched the carcass, leaving the innards on a flat rock where the hoodie crows would make short work of them, he resheathed his knife”
GRALLOCH – Disembowel (a deer that has been shot). Origin of word: Mid 19th century: from Scottish Gaelic grealach ‘entrails’.
The next couple of words I came across in this chilling horror story
“The window depicted Walkham Valley under a dark blue sky, with a leat running through it. Beside the leat, with his back turned and his arms spread wide, was an impossibly tall man wearing a long black cloak with a high collar turned up”
LEAT – A leat (also lete or leet, or millstream) is the name, common in the south and west of England and in Wales (Lade in Scotland), for an artificial watercourse or aqueduct dug into the ground, especially one supplying water to a watermill or its mill pond
“Oh, we’re still combing the moors. And if we haven’t found him by lunchtime we’ll have at least two dozen more volunteers out this afternoon, before it starts getting dimpsey“
DIMPSEY – (Britain, West Country, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset) The time in the evening just before dusk.
That’s five new to me words this time
All the way from Scotland in the far north of the country, to Cornwall in the very south
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.
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