Wondrous Words Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, and I have some new words for you!  These are from my current book, Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja.  It’s about the goings-on at a brothel in Brussels in the 1870s, so you can imagine it has some interesting and obscure words.

1. Chary – characterized by great caution and wariness

“…but he is chary of much socializing, a reticence I respect and understand”

2. Spavined – Marked by damage, deterioration, or ruin

“Or Jonathan Shopshine, poor mutilated bastard, hunching down at a spavined piano and calling Wolfgang Mozart back from the dead”

3. Bombazine – A fine twilled fabric of silk and worsted or cotton, often dyed black and used for mourning clothes.

“Velma, resplendent in unaccustomed bombazine…”

4. Diddakoi – a Gypsy outside the Romany tribes and of mixed blood

“Now, to look at him, lean as he is and dark as a diddakoi, you wouldn’t think he could box it up, man to man.”

5. Louche – of questionable taste or morality; decadent

“…the rest are amply titillated by its lithe, if louche, athletics.”

Okay, that’s enough for this week – I’ll save the rest for next Wednesday.   Look for other new words over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog.

What new words did YOU learn this week?

  5 comments for “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. September 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

    #4 made a connection for me. In Britain, “didd” is a term of abuse for gypsies, most often used by “new age travelers” who claim rather ludicrously that the “didds” are the cause of all the negative stereotypes that traveling folk encounter.

  2. Lu
    September 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever heard any of the words you posted!
    I posted me new words here http://lusravesandrants.blogspot.com/2010/09/wondrous-words-wednesday.html

  3. September 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Great new words! I wonder if chary is pronounced like cherry – I’d have everyone guessing if I used that one! Thanks for participating today!

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