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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.)


This weeks words are from Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.

salubrious – “Lady Rowen Compton, her parents and former employer, had been correct; Warren Street wasn’t a particularly salubrious area.”

Salubrious mean pleasant, not rundown.

ablutions – “The young women laughed, as Maisie pulled back the tent flap, leaving Iris to her morning ablutions.”

Ablutions means cleaning hands, body, etc.

secateurs and trug – “He smiled broadly, dropped the secateurs into a trug, and held both hands out to Maisie as he walked toward her.”

Secateurs is a British term for pruning shears.

Trug is a shallow basket for carrying flowers or vegetable.

sapper – “But they might question an old sapper fiddling around with a telephone line in the dark.”

A sapper is a soldier employed in the construction of trenches and tunnels.

I’m reading Maisie Dobbs for Book Club Girls Mad About Maisie read-along. The first discussion is set for January 14th so there’s still time to sign up.

What new words did you learn this week?