Words from my reading

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

postern, adj Situated in the back or at the side; small rear gate, especially one in a fort or castle
page 54, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“Early in the morning of the day before his knighting, even before the dawning, Julian had arisen from bed and crept down to the chapel, where he laid his great sword on the altar, then had slipped out the postern gate into the mists of the new-mown fields.”
Guessing it means back.

irenic, adj Promoting peace, conciliatory
page 57, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“Over their shoulders he dashed, over their succeeding summits — until suddenly the hunter was standing at the high edge of a hidden valley, panting, staring down upon a scene irenic, almost an Eden.”

brockets, pl n Two-year-old red deer with their first horns; a group of the deer family
page 58, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
“Oh, how tender in his nostrils was their scent, the various breathings of does and brockets and yearlings, the huffing breath of bucks, the earth-odor ascending from their flanks!”

merlons, pl n The solid portions between crenels in a battlement or crenelated wall
page 68, Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.
Oh, Lord, how lovely is your snow: snow as white as absolution on the bailey grounds; snow in rounded mounds on the merlons at the top of his father’s tower; snows to bank the grey-black river, snows to keep it sharply bound as, serpent-like, it wound through pure-white fields unto the horizon.”

Previous words posts drawing on the vocabulary of Saint Julian:
First installment
Second installment
Third installment

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Books cited here:
Saint Julian by Walt Wangerin Jr.* [my review]

What new words have you found lately?

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10 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. Hi!
    All new words to me. Thanks for sharing the meanings. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  2. I like irenic and brockets , merlon is the same in French !

  3. I knew merlon because I looked it up when I read The Borgia Bride, but the rest were new to me.

  4. I love irenic – how it sounds and what it stands for. I’m going to adopt that one.

  5. I never heard these words before, interesting.

  6. Great words this week! The only one I was familiar with was postern.

    Here are mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/03/wondrous-words-wednesday_16.html

  7. 4 great words there. I must agree with Margot and hope to use and see irenic about the place a bit more.

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