It’s been a while since we’ve had a “Words New to Me…” post, but I’m reading Thomas Hardy and his vocabulary is enormous!! Here are some words new to me lately…
- Madder – red color (in this case, related to stains from plants)
- Apple-blooth – not sure. Linked with apple blossom perhaps as a lot of refs are to nature…?
- Logy – dull, sluggish
- Uz – reference to one of biblical Abraham’s sons (?)
- Niaiserie – silly or foolish talk or behavior
- Rozums – not sure, but was in reference to an intelligent person… Any ideas?
- Pummy (something has been “churned into a pummy”) – dialect word for “pomace” which refers to solid remains of grapes and other fruit after pressing for juice or oil
- Paltered – to act in an insincere way or to lie
- Thermidorean – ref. to a coup d’état within the French Revolution against its leaders (late 1700’s). Uncertain how this connects to text though…
- Ethiopic – refers to ancient language of Ethiopa
- Antionomianism – one who rejects society-established morality in favor of biblical ideas
- dapes inemptae – (Latin) homegrown produce or unbought feast
(From Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – 1891.)