A few fun words that were new to me this week:
fichu, n A woman’s triangular scarf of lightweight fabric, worn over the shoulders and crossed or tied in a loose knot at the breast
page 43, Tidings of Great Boys by Shelley Adina
“‘Look at the lace on that fichu,’ Carly breathed.
gymkhanas, pl n Multi-game equestrian events performed to display the training and talents of horses and their riders; in India, gymnasium
page 55, Tidings of Great Boys by Shelley Adina
“On the walls were pictures of kids from the forties at their gymkhanas, pictures of fishermen, pictures of me — but only a couple of those.”
godowns, pl n Warehouses
page 12, Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
“The city has godowns where goods are loaded and unloaded, courses for greyhound and horse racing, countless movie palaces, and clubs for dancing, drinking, and having sex.”
page 27, Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
“Sampans — hung with ropes, laundry, and nets — cluster together like insects on a carcass.”
What new words have you found lately?