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Wondrous Words Wednesday
New To Me Words

Image of an open book showing words, with a small purple sprig led across the pages - used for the meme Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading

Image of an open book showing words, with a small purple sprig led across the pages - used for the meme Wondrous Words Wednesday

 

So, my first word this time, I discovered in a very creepy book I finished towards the end of last year

Cover image of the book 'The House Of A Hundred Whispers' by author Graham Masterton

“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.

Image of an open book showing words, with a small purple sprig led across the pages - used for the meme Wondrous Words Wednesday

This word I came across in the book I am currently reading / reviewing, it’s a lovely story!

Cover image of the book 'Mr Wilder & Me' by author Jonathan Coe

“‘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

Image of an open book showing words, with a small purple sprig led across the pages - used for the meme Wondrous Words Wednesday

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.

Image of an open book showing words, with a small purple sprig led across the pages - used for the meme Wondrous Words Wednesday

Three new to me words this week, How many did you recognise?

Wondrous Words Wednesday Meme Button by Mareli @ Elza Reads - New Host in January 2021

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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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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