Wondrous Words Wednesday

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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 Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd.

1. Architraves – The molded frame around a doorway or window.

“…the slanting sunrays picking out the details on the grand, solid buildings, casting sharp, dark shadows on the caryatids and the friezes, the pediments and the cornices, the balusters and the architraves.

2. Capuziner – Cappuccino, from a name for the Capuchin monks the drink is named for.

“When [the brandy] arrived, he tipped it in his capuziner and took out Blanche’s letter.”

3. Frowsty – Stale and unclean smelling

“He remembered the small frowsty room in Dover Street, the one gas lamp, cleanish sheets on the narrow bed.”

What new words did you learn this week?


  1. Comment by bermudaonion(Kathy):

    My sister knows a lot about architecture so I’m going to have to try architraves on her! I love frowsty and will try to use it several times today so I can remember it!

  2. Comment by Suko:

    Excellent words this week! I’ve heard of frowsy, but not frowsty. I hope you’re enjoying Waiting for Sunrise.

  3. Comment by Brona:

    Capuziner was new to me…not sure how I will fir that into my everyday language. Whereas frowsty is the perfect word to describe our house after a week of rain and teenage boys!

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