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I’m always amazed at the amount of words I don’t know. I thought I was pretty literate but boy do these authors think of some great words. This week’s words come from Galore by Michael Crummey.
Capelin – “Mary Tryphena Devine brought him bread and dried capelin that he left to gather bluebottles and mold on the floor.
Capelin is a fish in the smelt family.
Tilt and Droke – “It was two hours of hard travel to make what was normally a half hour trip over the Tolt and down to Mrs. Gallery’s tilt, tucked back in a spindly droke of woods above the harbor and away from the other houses around the bay.”
Tilt, I had to really look for tilt but it appears to be slang for house (which is what a gathered from the way it was used).
Droke is, according to dictionary.com, Canadian slang for a valley with steeply sloping sides
So, now I can add Canadian slang to my multi-lingual reading vocabulary. What new words did you learn this week?