Words from my reading

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

porte cochere, n A large entrance gateway into a courtyard; a kind of porch roof projecting over a driveway at an entrance, as of a house
page 124, Detectives Don’t Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair
“A minute later, a man got into the blue pickup truck under the porte cochere and headed down the long, winding driveway on the opposite side of the hill.”

djellaba, n A long, loose outer garment worn in Arabic countries
page 147, Detectives Don’t Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair
“Inside the door was usually a man, often in a djellaba, sitting in a folding chair.”

imbroglio, n A confused heap; an involved and confusing situation, state of confusion and complication; a confused misunderstanding or disagreement
page 161, Detectives Don’t Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair
“His highly placed complaints that I was ‘un-American’ and should be fired from La Radio Vaticana had led to an imbroglio between Reagan’s Personal Envoy to the Pope — a not overly bright Beverly Hills millionaire in way over his head — and John Paul’s Secretary of State, the sophisticated and Machiavellian Agostino Casaroli.”

croupier, n From French, A person in charge of a gambling table, who rakes in and pays out the money Originally: one who rides on the croup (the top of the rump of a horse, dog, etc., just behind the loin), hence an inferior assistant
page 273, Detectives Don’t Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair
“She was bright and tough, dressed beautifully, and was once a croupier in Las Vegas.”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of book cited here:
Detectives Don’t Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair

What new words have you found lately?


8 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. I love the title of this book and remember reading your review. Now your words and quotes add to the appeal of the book for me. It’s going on The List.

  2. Great words! I did not know any of these words. I’m learning many new words today. Everyone seems to have really great words this week. I’m off to check out your review. The title sure sounds fun.

  3. I wasn’t aware of porte cochere. Thanks!

    Here is my Wondrous Words Wednesdays post.

  4. Lovely title and a lot of French words. I knew them all but I love the sound of imbroglio.
    Here’s are my words

  5. All of your words are new to me. Unfortunately, many a times someone at work has a imbroglio. Ugh…do not like that.

    Here are my Wondrous Words

  6. I knew porte cochere because fancy people (not us!) here in the Deep South use that term.

  7. Those are some tough words! Good detective work in digging them out.

  8. These are such lovely words! Love how “imbroglio” rolls off the tongue.

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