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 Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household by Kate Hubbard, a really interesting book about the men and women who served Queen Victoria. I set this aside for a while and now I am deeply engrossed again.

1. Caparisoned – (of a horse)  decked out in rich decorative coverings.

“…twelve ‘Wouwerman-like fat, jumping horses, very much caparisoned.”

2. Charabancs – an early form of bus, used typically for pleasure trips

“Guests were transported to the Foret d’Eu in the hideously uncomfortable charabancs.”

3. Shiels – stone huts

4. Gillies –  a man or boy who attends someone on a hunting or fishing expedition

“In pursuit of further seclusion, a couple of shiels (stone huts used by the gillies) at Allt-na-Guibhsauch, some five miles away from the castle, had been turned into a retreat.”

5. Sepoy – an Indian soldier serving under British or other European orders.

“…cartridges for the new Enfield rifles, which the sepoys were required to bite, had been greased with both cow and pig fat, this offending both the Hindus and Muslims.”




  1. Comment by bermudaonion (Kathy):

    For some reason I though gillies had something to do with shoes! lol All of your words are new to me.

  2. Comment by Yvonne@FictionBooks:

    Hi Lisa,

    Those are some excellent words this week, but then I would say that, because I am English and therefore knew them all except for one.

    ‘Shiels’ is a new word to me, however I see that it was prevelant in Scotland and the Northern half of the country and coming from way down in the South of England as I do, it obviously didn’t quite reach down this far!

    The book sounds great, although I don’t read much in the way of non-fiction. However it would make a lovely gift or coffee table book, for occasional browsing.

    I hope that you are enjoying the read and thanks for sharing such lovely words.


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