A few fun words that were new to me this week:
Lych Gate at Strata Florida Church, Ceredigion, Wales; photo via Wikipedia
lych-gate, n A roofed gateway to a churchyard used originally as a resting place for a bier before burial
page 74, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“She considered this as she looked first at the Norman church, then at the ancient lych-gate and the graves beyond.”
locum, n Someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
page 113, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“‘The village can’t support a vicar of its own anymore; the diocese concluded it’s far too small, so there’s a sort of locum who does the rounds, comes in every Sunday morning and for the usual hatch, match and dispatch work.'”
My guess of itinerant preacher was pretty close.
luthier, n One who makes or repairs stringed instruments, such as violins
page 158, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“Maisie left Chelstone soon after Maurice’s housekeeper came to the cottage bearing an envelope for her, with a note from Maurice and the name of the luthier in Denmark Street who would, she hoped, be able to tell her more about the violin she had witnessed Webb playing with great skill.”
plectra, pl n Small, thin pieces of metal, plastic, bone, or similar material, used to pluck the strings of certain instruments, such as the guitar or lute.
page 216, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
“Mahogany counters flanked either side of the shop, displaying strings, clamps, an assortment of plectra, and other tools of the musician’s trade.”
Previous words post drawing on the vocabulary of An Incomplete Revenge.
What new words have you found lately?
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