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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 Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear, the third in the Maisie Dobbs series. Book Club Girl is hosting the I’m Mad for Maisie Read-along and we’ll be discussing Pardonable Lies on Valentine’s Day. Head on over to talk about this wonderful book.

Before I get to my new words I wanted to say something about the British and the words they use. In our house we’re very jealous of the British. There are so many great words they get to use and we’re not really allowed to use without sounding like total prats (there’s one right there, prat-great word). We love the word Oy as in “Oy there” or “Oy, you boy”. The reboot of Dr. Who uses Oy a lot and it’s just great. Then there’s Blimey and Knackered, both truly awesome words we’re just not allowed to say without sounding like, well, I’ll say it again. prats. Now, I far as we can tell the only “American” word the British can’t use is “Dude” and really, if you don’t surf, snowboard, or skateboard and you’re over the age of nineteen you shouldn’t be using dude anyway so it’s no great loss. So, therefore there’s just no comparison.  Having now read three Maisie Dobbs books I’ve come to realize just how many words I don’t know. Be it the time period or the language, there are many words I just don’t know.

So, after all that here are my words:

Anaglypta – “A Victorian anaglypta decorating paper adorned the wall, overpainted in a deep creamy gloss that had become stained across the ridges of the pattern.”

Anaglypta is a thick embossed wallpaper.

chivvy – “”And?” Maisie wanted chivvy Billy along.”

Chivvy (a British slang) means to harass or nag.

Ewer – “She pushed back her chair, walked over to the ewer and filled the bowl with cook water-which she once again splashed on her face-and dried her skin with another lace-edged towel.”

A ewer is a pitcher with a wide spout.

Tisane – “She was left alone to eat, which she did slowly, chewing each mouthful thoroughly before swallowing, and then sipping the hot herbal tisane.”

Tisane is an infusion of dried or fresh leaves or flowers, like camomile.

Well, those are all the new words I learned with this book. Were there any new words you learned this week?