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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday 3-4-2009


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. To join in the fun, post your words on your blog and then leave a message over at Bermudaonion's Blog!

My words this week are from The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick.

Bracae
Midden - Used like this: He twirled Gwenhwyfar round, studying an even larger grass stain on the seat of her bracae. 'God's truth! The pair of you are dirtier than midden slaves!'

Definition bracae:
Breeches

Definition midden:
Dump for domestic waste

Torque
- Used like this: Around his throat he wore a torque of twisted gold shaped like a dragon - a great serpent beast with ruby eyes and gaping jaws, its gold scales winking in the dancing light of the torches.

Definition torque: A collar, a necklace, or an armband made of a strip of twisted metal, worn by the ancient Gauls, Germans, and Britons.

Those are my words for this week! What are yours?

4 comments:

Phyl said...

Great words! I'm really into word origins, and it's fascinating to see how "bracae" would mutate, over the years, into "breeches." How interesting!

Mine are here.

bermudaonion said...

I love midden - I think I'll used it instead of dump! You found some great words this week. Thanks for playing along.

avisannschild said...

Wow, great words! I've never seen "bracae" before and wouldn't have known how to define the other two.

ibeeeg said...

I like Wondrous Words. Pretty cool!
I like the word midden.

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