Words New to Me…


  • Quillig – not sure. Perhaps from the poem “Jabberwocky”?
  • Diddicois – a term often used for travelers with mixed Romani blood
  • Costermonger – a person who sells fruit and veg from a handcart in the street
  • “Play the bones” – “bones” are a musical instrument (usually folk) which historically used to consist of a pair of animal bones (such as ribs), either a pair of bones in each hand or just a single pair in one. (I might be dreaming, but I am also thinking that “play the bones” refers to playing dice (as they would be made of ivory). I may well have made that up though.)
  • Empire Day – a holiday which used to be celebrated in Commonwealth countries to mark the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth (May 24), but now celebrated on the second Monday in March.
  • Iphigenia/Aulis – Iphigenia was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra in Greek mythology whom Agamemnon is commanded to kill as a sacrifice to allow his ships to sail to Troy. (Aulis is the name of the port where the ships had rallied prior to leaving.) (See Cassandra below.)
  • Trophonian – related to Trophonius (Greek mythology) – several versions floating around, as far as I can see.
  • Struwwelpeter – a rather rough German kid lit book with ten illustrated poems, each of which has a clear moral and a disastrous ending of the consequences of not following that moral.
  • Opusculum – a minor work (as of literature). (Opus is an artistic work on a large scale.)
  • Festschrift – a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar
  • Remorid – a member of the family Remora, the suckerfishes.
  • Adventitia – the outermost layer of a blood vessel
  • Coterminously – having the same border or covering the same area
  • Shigoed – hmm. Not sure about this one…
  • Concupiscent – lustful
  • Cassandra – Cassandra was the mortal daughter of Trojan king, and Apollo, god of poetry and prophecy, was so taken by her that he gave her the gift of foretelling the future. However, when Cassandra rejected his advances, he cursed her by declaring that no one would believe her prophesies. The city of Troy is sacked as people won’t believe Cassandra when she prophesies doom.
(Above) - Cassandra in front of the burning city of Troy....

(Above) – Cassandra in front of the burning city of Troy….

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