Wondrous Words Wednesday

Hey, it’s Wednesday and I’ve finally got some words to share! These come from my current book, The Dead Hour. The book is set in Scotland, so some of these may be more common in the UK.

1. gelignite: An explosive mixture composed of nitroglycerine, guncotton, wood pulp, and potassium nitrate.
“If he wasn’t cooking gelignite in frting pans in deserted tenements he was boasting about his exploits at the Tapp Inn.”

2. rostrum: A dais, pulpit, or other elevated platform for public speaking.
“Paddy Meehan stepped down from the front desk rostrum into the mess of the waiting room, knowing she had done a cowardly thing.”

3. jotter: a small notebook for rough notes
“It was a scrap of paper torn from a ruled jotter with a seven-digit case number on it.”

What new words did YOU learn this week?

  4 comments for “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. January 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I knew none of these words. I get a nice little feeling for the book just from your words and sentences. Hope it’s a good one.

  2. January 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve never heard of jotter but I love that word! Thanks for sharing.

  3. January 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love jotter! I carry a little notebook in my purse and I’m going to start calling it my jotter! Thanks for participating!

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