Words from my reading

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

water butt, n [UK] A rainwater tank (sometimes called rain barrels in North America), a tank which is used to collect and store rain water
page 1, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“She pulled a clay pipe from her pocket, inspected the dregs of tobacco in the small barrel, shrugged, and struck a match against the rim of a water butt tied to the side of her traveling home.”

diddakoi, n A Gypsy outside the Romany tribes and of mixed blood
page 2, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“Aunt Beulah hoped the diddakoi families kept away from the farm this year.”

vardo, n A traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people (Gypsies)
page 2, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“About her business in the morning, Beulah brought four tin bowls from underneath the caravan — underneath the vardo in the gypsy tongue.”
I had this one figured out, but the reference illuminated something for me; an acquaintance is building a vardo!

barathea, n A soft fabric, made from various combinations of wool, silk and cotton, with a lightly ribbed or basketweave surface pattern
page 12, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“She wore a mid-calf-length wool barathea skirt in a rich purple hue, with a red blouse and blue coat — clearly old but well maintained — that draped to mid-thigh.”

borstal, n Any of the prisons set up in Britain for delinquent boys from 1895 to 1982; a British reform school for youths between 16 and 22; formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison
page 63, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“The clerk noted that it was lucky they were not yet of an age — sixteen — where they would be sent to borstal.”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Books cited here:
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear* [my review]

What new words have you found lately?

* That’s an affiliate link; I am an Amazon Associate and receive a small commission on sales through my affiliate links.

9 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. Wow, fascinating words. Thank you. Never heard of any one of them.

  2. Great words to learn, thanks!

  3. Oh, those English. Who else would call a rain barrel a rainbutt. Sounds like the Winspear book is full of good new words. She’s coming to a local bookstore next week and I’m pretty excited about getting to meet her.

  4. Those are all new to me! Water butt made me giggle.

  5. What a great idea for a post! I have to admit, these words were all new to me. I really like how you also included the quote from the book where you found the word. That really helped to put the words in context. Thanks for sharing!

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