Words from my reading

A few fun words that were new to me this week:

refectory, n A room used for communal meals, especially in educational or religious institutions
page 123, Lost Mission by Athol Dickson
“While supping in the refectory, Fray Guillermo often asked about the altarpiece.”

punks, pl n Any substances, such as decayed wood, that smolders when ignited, used as tinder, especially a chemically treated fungous substance shaped into slender, fragile, light-brown sticks
page 174, Lost Mission by Athol Dickson
“At Fray Guillermo’s insistence, smoldering punks were carried through the refectory every hour.”

paten, n A metal disk or plate, especially one of precious metal for holding the bread in a Eucharistic service
page 201, Lost Mission by Athol Dickson
“On the cloth were several objects, which Alejandro recognized as the silver chalice, paten, and ciborium from the mission chapel.”

ciborium, n A canopy of wood, stone, etc., that rests on four columns, especially one covering an altar; a covered cup for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist
page 201, Lost Mission by Athol Dickson
“On the cloth were several objects, which Alejandro recognized as the silver chalice, paten, and ciborium from the mission chapel.”

pillory, n A device consisting of a wooden board with holes for the head and hands, in which petty offenders were formerly locked and exposed to public scorn; any exposure to public scorn, etc.
page 222, Lost Mission by Athol Dickson
“The neophyte was forced to stand with wrists and neck restrained by a pillory which had been hastily erected in the plaza.”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of book cited here:
Lost Mission by Athol Dickson

What new words have you found lately?

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6 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. All new to me except punks but then the definition of punks is different from what I’m used to. Very interesting.

  2. Hi!
    I have heard those words put never knew the meaning of them. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

  3. Didn’t know punks also meant that. Thanks for the lesson today!

  4. Okay, I wondered about you when I saw punks, until I saw how it was used in the sentence. Interesting!

  5. Punks is definitely the most surprising. I guess the book has something to do with churches ;)

  6. Hi Lily (Is that your name? Sorry if not.)

    “Ciborium” was new to me also when I began work on LOST MISSION. I forget exactly how, but I stumbled across it while researching something else, and thought, “Hmm. That’s a good one.” So in it went.

    Another new one to me was “credence table,” which is “a small side table in the sanctuary of a Christian church which is used in the celebration of the Eucharist.”

    Thanks for using LOST MISSION for your examples!

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