Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy @ Bermudaonion weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun! (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)
Today’s words come from Work Song by Ivan Doig.
bier — “I glanced past him to the darkly furnished room that served as the funeral home’s chapel, with its waiting bier and an antiquated organ that I could almost tell by look would wail out notes fir for a Viking pyre”
Bier is a stand on which a corpse, coffin, or casket is placed to lie in state or to be carried to the grave.
flivvers — “And no man who called himself a miner wanted to bolt fenders onto flivvers for a living.”
A flivver is slang for a cheap car.
breviary — “It was about the of a breviary, but if my eyes and the rye weren’t misleading me, musical bars filled its pages.”
A breviary is a liturgical book, an abridged version of text, containing public and canonical prayers, hymns, the Psalms, readings, and notations for everyday use by priests.
redounded — “I sat wordless, more than ever a novice in the ways of Butte, dumbly considering a mourning occasion fueled with moonlight liquor that redounded to the profit of someone in the family.”
Redound means to have an effect or consequence. or to return.
crenellated — “When the two of us climbed off at the trim crenellated depot, another chess piece of municipal order, the division of the sky over Anaconda was made plain.”
Crenellated means dented or notched.
I’m discovering what I like best about WWW is finding myself paying attention to the words in books. Before, I would get the gist of the word but never really look up it’s meaning. Now, I am and enjoying the process. Don’t forget to add your new words.