A few fun words that were new to me this week:
moppet, n A small endearingly sweet child
page 156, Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney
“The little moppet looked up at me and all I could see was little Anthony at that age hoping Veronica would stick around instead of locking me in the bathroom while she went only God knows where.”
Chinese finger cuffs, n Also known as Chinese finger traps, a simple puzzle that traps the victim’s fingers in both ends of a small, woven bamboo cylinder
page 222, Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney
“Codependent relationships are woven together as tightly as Chinese finger cuffs.”
Oh! Once I saw the photo I knew what these were. I had a few as a kid.
interrailing, n Traveling throughout Europe using a flexible train ticket for all ages
page 80, Almost Home by Pam Jenoff
“‘Went inter-railing with this lot.'”
I would have called this EurRail, or EuroRail, but apparently I would have been wrong.
bufty, n [I actually can’t find a definition of this, without resorting to Urban Dictionary, which in this case is even more unreliable than usual.]
page 172, Almost Home by Pam Jenoff
“Is that old bufty still kicking around?”
ergometer, n An apparatus that measures work or energy expended during a period of physical exercise
page 306, Almost Home by Pam Jenoff
“The whirring sound of an ergometer, a lone rower training, filters down the stairs from the locker rooms above.”
I knew both parts of this word, but I didn’t recall seeing them put together.
What new words have you found lately?