New Words to Me…

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New words (for me) from reading stuff… Most of this selection is taken from the “Great American Short Stories” book, edited by Corinne Demas (published by Barnes and Noble).

  • Tabouret – either a cabinet or a stool that is portable
  • Roseate – resembling a rose; overly optimistic
  • Pulchitrude – physical beauty
  • Tumbrel – cart carrying prisoners to be executed (usually by guillotine)
  • Septuagesima Sunday (1870) – a 17-day preparation for the season of Lent which is a preparation for Easter. Some countries, it is the start of the Carnival season culminating in Shrove Tuesday.
  • Hoydenism – unladylike or tomboyish behavior
  • Eternal white horses (re: possessions) — ? No idea about this one…
  • Sybarite – person devoted to luxury and pleasure
  • Conge – act of taking leave, farewell
  • Lares and Penates (myths) – gods who protected the household (Roman); another name for the actual valuables within a household
  • Espiegle (French) – word for prankster, rogue
  • Desuetude – condition of not being used
  • Old Christmas Day (1802) – not sure. The story referenced “New Christmas Day” which implies, perhaps, a change in calendar dates or something?
  • Sibyl – prophetess or woman who divines. Greek.

So, presumably, it sounds like one could say “There is a pulchitrudious hodynistic Sibyl sitting on the tabouret waiting for the tumbrel”? 🙂

“Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap…” George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950).