Words from my reading

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

mucker, n I found many definitions, including the one suggested by the word itself (One who removes muck from stables, etc.), but based on the context I think this one’s the most fitting: Friend
page 45, The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
“‘I mean, he seems to have been a good sort of bloke, someone you’d want as a mucker.'”

syllabub, n A cold dessert made with sweetened cream thickened with gelatin and beaten with wine, spirits, or fruit juice
page 98, The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
“Sutton had picked up a spoon and was holding it above the syllabub served for the pudding course.”
I might like to live in a place that had a pudding course …

celandines, pl n Perennial Eurasian herbs having deeply divided leaves, showy yellow flowers, and yellow-orange latex, also called swallowwort
page 242, The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
“With primroses, shiny egg-yolk-yellow celandines, and delicate white wood anemones underfoot, they followed an old path down to the stream that ran through a woodland of hazel, hornbeam, oak, and beech, and soon the pungent aroma of the wild garlic that grew alongside Kent-ish streams was released with every step taken.”
Flower of some kind, that much was clear …

prosopagnosia, n Face blindness (per the text)
page 162, Missing Mark by Julie Kramer
“There was even a scientific name for face blindness, she explained, prosopagnosia.”

syringa, n The mock orange; lilac
page 223, A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
“Soon she came to a cottage on the right and pulled up alongside a hedge that in May would be blooming with bright white syringa.”
Flowers! Our lilacs are getting ready to bloom.

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Books cited here:
The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear [Amazon]*
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (review to come) [Amazon]*
Missing Mark by Julie Kramer [Amazon]*

What new words have you found lately?

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10 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. Cute that there were so many flower words today! And yes, a pudding course would be wonderful. I may institute that at my house immediately. 🙂 If you get a chance, my words are here: http://readhanded.blogspot.com/2011/04/wondrous-words-wednesday_27.html

  2. My fav is mucker mostly because I can easily say it and I like the idea od friend!

  3. As a mucker from long ago, I’m pleased to know the term’s also a “friend” and thanks for the lovely pictures of the celandines, too!

  4. The celandines are beautiful. I’m with you on living in a place that has a pudding course.

  5. It’s so much fun to read a book by a British author to discover all their phrases. I’m going to try mucker out on a friend and see what kind of reaction I get.

  6. Syringa (seringat in French) has a so sweet fragence ! When it’s blooming under my bedroom’s window, it’s so nice to go to bed !

  7. Love your word posts!

    Thought I would test if your site loves me 😉

  8. I haven’t heard of any of these words before. I love the sound of mucker. 🙂

  9. A lot of words that are new to me! The only reason I knew the one that means face blindness is because I read a book about it last year (You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know).

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