Wondrous Words Wednesday

Happy Wednesday — it’s time for some new words! You know how this works – share a few words from your current book that you had to look up, then head over to Bermuda Onion’s Weblog to learn some new ones.

This week, my words are from Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham. Great book — keep your eyes open for my review — and some cool slang terms to share.

1. Bovver – Cockney term for bother boy; a skinhead or other thuggish anti-social type. Comes from a type of heavy boot favored by British teenagers.

“The other defendants look like thugs and bovver boys, grinning at each other and guffawing.”

2. Weir – A low dam built across a river to raise the level of water upstream or regulate its flow.

“The weir is downstream, turning brown water into foam.”

3. Baize – A coarse, feltlike, woolen material that is typically green, used for covering billiard and card tables.

“The baize tables are upstairs and I can hear balls being racked up and broken.”

So there you have it – my new words for the week. What new words did YOU learn?

  6 comments for “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. March 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Ah, three lovely words, all familiar to an Australian. Bovver is particularly fabulous I think. It can be used as bovver boy as you say. Also a British comedienne called Catherine Tate was famous for the line “Do I look bovvered?” There’s some very funny stuff by her on youtube if you like that sort of thing (I do). Weir is in common usage here.

  2. March 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Great words today! Bovver is fun.

  3. March 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    You words to me to another country – or two countries, via Louise’s comments. They are, of course, all new to me.

  4. March 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I’m glad I didn’t encounter and bovver boys when I was in the UK last year!

  5. March 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    First time and new follower here!
    Weir and Baise I know (not that I used them!) but never heard bovvered before. Now I’m all hot and bovvered cuz I learned a new word. The Bleed for Me book sounds intriguing!

  6. March 22, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I might have been a little aware of “baize.” Thank you for all your words.

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