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Today’s words are from An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear, the fifth in the Maisie Dobbs series.

Diddakoi – “Aunt Beulah hoped the diddakoi families kept away for the farm this year.”

Diddakoi is one of a group of caravan-dwelling roadside people who live like Gypsies but are not true Romanies.

Barathea – “She wore a length of wool barathea skirt in a rich purple hue, with a red blouse and blue coat-clearly old but well maintained-that draped to mid-thigh.”

Barathea is a closely woven fabric of silk, rayon, cotton, or wool, having a pebbled surface.
Luthier – “….with a note from Maurice and the name of the luthier in Denmark Street who would, she hoped, be able to tell her more about the violin she had witnessed Webb playing with great skill.”
A luthier is a maker of stringed instruments, as violins.
I could have filled a dictionary with all the words I didn’t know in this chapter in the Maisie Dobbs series. Between the British and Gypsy slang I was looking up a lot of words.
If you’re reading the Maisie Dobbs series head on over to Book Club Girl’s I’m Mad for Maisie read-along and follow the wonderful discussion.
What new words have you learned?