Words from my reading

Welcome to the third installment of Words from My Reading!

Reviews of books mentioned here:
The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
Reviews of the books cited here will follow soon.

chivvy, (or chivy) v To hunt, chase; to fret, harass, nag; to manipulate
page 62, Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
“Maisie wanted to chivvy along.”

mews, n Stables or carriage houses
page 68, Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
“‘I want to buy a couple of flats, perhaps a mews cottage in Chelsea — now there’s an ideal location for a professional woman.'”
I’d seen this one before, but I hadn’t looked it up until now.

bines, n Climbing, twining stems, as of the hop
page 151, Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
“And this was hop-picking time, the train almost full of Londoners on their way to Paddock Wood, to Goudhurst, Charing, Yalding, Cranbrook, and Hawkhurst, and to every other Kentish town and village with farms where the hops were hanging heavy on the bines, waiting to be picked.”

charabanc, n A sightseeing bus [from the French, literally: car with bench]
page 151, Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
“Of course, many had already traveled by charabanc, others in lorries laden to the gills with boxes, but many would take the train to Tonbridge, then change for the branch lines that would deliver them to their final destination.”

kepikepi, n A cap with a flat, round top and stiff visor, worn by French soldiers
page 187, Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
“He turned and took his kepi from the nail on the wall where it had been hanging.”

lint, n Scraped and softened linen formerly used as a dressing for wounds
page 367, The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
“We packed our baskets with lint and bread and water, hunched our shoulders against the bitter dawn wind, and set off down the path into Balaklava, which was the quietest I’d ever seen it, as if the ships themselves were sunk in a torpor, then on up past the General Hospital, where hundreds of lamps were burning, and into the camp.”
[Note: This quote is from an advance reader copy.]

erubescent, adj Becoming red or reddish, blushing
page 99, House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe
“August crept down the stairwell, following Cleveland through the erubescent bath of the emergency lights.”

cacography, n Bad handwriting; incorrect spelling
page 124, House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe
“And then she saw it — a word, fully comprehensible — standing in solitary defiance against a background of cacography.”

trammels, plural n A fishing net consisting of two outer layers of coarse mesh and a loosely hung middle layer of fine mesh; something that confines, retrains, or shackles
page 222, House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe
“August tried to arch his back, to stretch his body, to fight off the numbing effects of his trammels, but it was no use.”

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5 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. Great words! At first, I thought, “Wait a minute, she doesn’t know what lint is?” until I saw how it was used.

  2. I was familiar with a couple of your words only (mews and kepi), but I especially love the word cacography (as well as the sentence it came from). I’ll have to remember that word!

    My WWW post is here.

  3. I like chivy. Is that what I do to my husband? Just kidding. lol

  4. Trammels and kepi were familiar to me, the others rated a big…huh???

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