Words from my reading

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

stopple, n A stopper, a plug. Also, v To close with a stopper or plug
page 6, At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
“Up he rose once more, made a fresh stopple of hay, and corked the hole severely.”
OK, the context made this pretty clear.

Ick, I don't like this kind of candy.

comfits, pl n Confections that consist of a piece of fruit, a seed, or a nut coated with sugar; any kind of fruit or root preserved with sugar and dried, a ball of sugar with a seed in the center, a bonbon
page 14, At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
“The grass showed white in the morning with the hoar-frost which clung like tiny comfits to every blade.”
I know confit, and discomfit, but I didn’t recall this use.

besom, n A bundle of twigs attached to a handle and used as a broom
page 19, At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
“‘The noise of my besom.'”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of book cited here:
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

What new words have you found lately?

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5 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. I’m not sure if I would like comfit. Maybe is the sugar could be chocolate. Bit I do like Jordan Almonds. Maybe they count.

  2. I love stopple – it sounds like one of those made up words my family loves to use.

  3. Comfits that I remember had black licorice on the inside. They were various colors but all tasted the same and they looked like your picture or else were pastel colors.

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