Wondrous Words Wednesday …
Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading
So, my first word this time, I discovered in a very creepy book I finished towards the end of last year
“So this is the priest’s hole that the Wilmingtons had built,’ said John. ‘It’s extraordinary those priest hunters never found it. I mean, they were pretty canny. Pursuivants they were called, and they were former spies and mercenaries. They could make themselves a fair amount of bounty if they caught a priest.’
PURSUIVANTS – A pursuivant or, more correctly, pursuivant of arms, is a junior officer of arms. Most pursuivants are attached to official heraldic authorities, such as the College of Arms in London or the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. In the mediaeval era, many great nobles employed their own officers of arms. Today, there still exist some private pursuivants that are not employed by a government authority. In Scotland, for example, several pursuivants of arms have been appointed by Clan Chiefs. These pursuivants of arms look after matters of heraldic and genealogical importance for clan members.
This word I came across in the book I am currently reading / reviewing, it’s a lovely story!
“‘Matthew,’ he said, holding out his hand. ‘Calista,’ I said, shaking it. ‘Does this mean you’re another ligger, like me?’ he asked. ‘Ligger?'”
LIGGER – (in this instance the first definition applies)
To take advantage of free parties, travel, or other benefits offered by companies for publicity purposes.
dialectal, England : A float that usually consists of a bundle of reeds with baited line attached for pike fishing
dialectal, England : A footbridge (as a plank) across a ditch or drain
As lockdown comes and goes, I continue to be addicted to both my online digital jigsaw puzzles and my regular daily dose of online crossword puzzles.
After completing one such crossword last week, I was left with this word as an answer and had no idea how it related to the clue given.
As I was pretty certain that all my other linking answers were correct, I just had to look it up!
The word I was left with was:- SHIM
SHIM – A shim is a thin and often tapered or wedged piece of material, used to fill small gaps or spaces between objects. Shims are typically used in order to support, adjust for better fit, or provide a level surface. Shims may also be used as spacers to fill gaps between parts subject to wear.
Three new to me words this week, How many did 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!