Words from my reading

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

roweling, v To use a spiked revolving disc at the end of a spur to urge on
page 1, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
“Think about your own first gasp: a shocking wind roweling so easily down your throat, and you still slipping around in the doctor’s hands.”

runnel, n A narrow channel in the ground for liquid to flow through; a brook or rill; a small stream of a particular liquid
page 30, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
“Nearing the hour mark I closed my eyes and saw a picture of myself, from the side, a runnel of blood sliding out of my ear.”

narcosis, n A state of stupor, drowsiness or unconsciousness produced by drugs
page 51, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
“He wouldn’t speak and his eyes shows a narcosis that was fearful to me.”

beeves, pl n Cows, bulls or oxen fattened for their meat
page 59, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
“And of Gary Sweet, the butcher, whose walk-in freezer Dad had fixed during the July hot spell the previous summer, saving the integrity of uncounted beeves.”

smouched, v Pilfered, stolen, taken without permission
page 140, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
“There were matches on the wall and I smooched one — to use a word Swede herself smouched off Mr. Twain — scratched it, and lit the gas.”
OK, the context makes this one pretty clear, but I wanted to look it up anyway.

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

What new words have you found lately?


4 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. All of your words are new to me, but I could figure narcosis out since it’s so close to narcotic!

  2. Smouched is one that surprised me. I thought kiss. Except for beeves, all new to me.

  3. Love how “smooched” and “smouched” are in the same sentence!

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