A few fun words that were new to me this week:jackboots, n Combat boots rising to at least mid-calf, with no laces, typically a leather sole with hobnails and heel irons
page 18, The Raven Saint by M.L. Tyndall
“Dressed in a loose-fitting white buccaneer shirt, with a gold and purple sash strung about the waist of his black breeches, and heavy jackboots, he approached her, the silver hilt of his rapier gleaming in a ray of sun.”
baldric, n A belt, usually of ornamented leather, worn across the chest to support a sword or bugle
page 41, The Raven Saint by M.L. Tyndall
“Grace tore her gaze from his and stared at the gold and purple sash tied around his waist and the leather baldric cutting across his chest.”
thwart, n A structural crosspiece sometimes forming a seat for a rower in a boat
page 84, The Raven Saint by M.L. Tyndall
“Grace braced her oversized boots against the thwart in the wobbling boat and stared at Mr. Thorn’s outstretched hand.”
I know thwart as a verb, but as a noun? I didn’t recognize it.
faro, n A card game in which players bet on the order in which the cards will appear
page 102, The Raven Saint by M.L. Tyndall
“Even spending every night in his favorite taverns, enjoying his brandy and an occasional game of faro, had not lifted the burden weighing upon his humors.”
I think I should have known this one, but it didn’t come to mind right away.
Review of the book cited here:
The Raven Saint by M.L. Tyndall
What new words have you found lately?