Words from my reading

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

pricket, n A small point or spike for holding a candle upright; a candlestick having such a spike; a buck in its second year, before the antlers branch
page 44, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
“She turned the pages and a glowing candle on the table beside the bed sank into its pricket.”

hoyden, n A high-spirited, boisterous, or saucy girl
page 77, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
“‘And last, my little hoyden.'”

phaeton, n A light, four-wheeled open carriage, usually drawn by a pair of horses; a touring car
page 133, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
“Out behind the store, Mr. Singer’s new phaeton rocked back and forth on its wheels as its two harnessed horses shifted in place, anxious to move.”
I guessed it was a cart or carriage, but that’s as far as I got.

A white silk pelerine, via.

varlet, n An attendant or servant; a knight’s page; a rascal, a knave
page 206, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
“Shouting ‘Impudent varlet!’ and ‘Ragamuffin!’ in any other context would have been a scandal, but onstage she could hope to garner some laughs.”

pelerine, n A woman’s cape, usually short, with points in front, usually of silk or lace, or of the material of the dress
page 256, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
“The bride also wore a mink pelerine.”

Note: All quotes from The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees are taken from an uncorrected proof and have not been verified with the final copy of the book.

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of book cited here:
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees

What new words have you found lately?

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7 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. The only one of those words I knew is hoyden. I’ll have to remember this post when I read that book!

  2. These are great words from a great book. I can’t wait to see your list for next week.

  3. These are terrific words! I also read The Lost Summer of LMA, over the summer, and needed to look up a few words. :)

  4. I like the pelerine! I really want to read The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. I have waited all summer to get it and I still haven;t done it!

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