Words from my reading

Just a couple new to me words this week:

daruka, n Tree (in Sanskrit); also used as a proper name, for males
page 10, The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine
“The dim-witted say that I should have a throne of gold with pearl inlay and legs of ivory, and they ask why I chose instead the simple wood of the daruka tree to sit upon.”

khukri knife

khukri knife

khukri, or kukri or khukuri, n Curved Nepalese knife used as both tool and weapon, part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of The Royal Gurkha Rifles, known to many people as simply the “Gurkha Blade” or “Gurkha Knife”
page 20, The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine
“In an instantaneous action, Father pulled his khukri knife from behind his back, where I did not even know he had it.”

Earlier installments of this feature (more great words!).

Review of book cited here:
The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine
Note: I did verify these quotes with the final version, but I was unable to verify the page numbers; The page numbers cited are from my Advance Reading Copy, so they may not be consistent with the page numbers for these quotes in the final version of the book.

What new words have you found lately?

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4 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. I mentioned a type of knife in my words this week as well!

  2. Two very unusual words this week. Now I’m curious enough that I have to go read your review. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That’s a serious looking knife!

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