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This weeks words are from Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace.

slough — “So she said good-by and started over the high road across the slough.”

Slough is an inlet on a river. (On a quick side note: while driving home from Thanksgiving on the world’s longest drive we passed a slough with our name. Since I liked the area I wonder if I can can claim it for my own.)

bitterns — “And the bitterns made a noise like her own backyard pump.”

Bitterns are small to medium sized usually secretive herons.

polonaise — “The photograph on her bureau of Lottie Benton wearing the frizzing bang, tight basque and looped polonaise of the eighties had never come to life.”

A polonaise is an elaborate short-sleeved overdress with a fitted waist and a draped cutaway overskirt.

schottisches — “She danced with zestful accuracy through a program of waltzes, two-steps, schottisches, polkas.”

Schottisches are a round dance resembling a slow polka.

What new words have you found this week?

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