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?
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