Words from my reading

A few more words from Godric this week:

thimble-riggers, pl n Operators of a shell game
page 30, Godric by Frederick Buechner
“Magicians drew live doves out of the air as easy as thimble-riggers drew pence out of dunces’ pockets, and the Jews in their horned caps and yellow badges sat in booths to weigh out silver at the rates of gold.”

campion, n Any of several plants of the genera Lychnis and Silene native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having variously colored flowers with notched or fringed petals
page 35, Godric by Frederick Buechner
“Campion was everywhere and grey-winged gulls.”

shriving, v To obtain absolution for (oneself) by confessing and doing penance; also, to hear confessions
page 42, Godric by Frederick Buechner
“She’d finished telling all her fleshly sins and knelt for shriving when all at once she flung her clothes above her head an nimble as a tumbler at a fair went topsy-turvy with her bum aloft.”

moiety, n A half; a part, portion, or share
page 46, Godric by Frederick Buechner
“By the time that I was thirty-odd and Mouse’s beard already showed a sprig or two of grey, we owned each one a moiety of the Saint Esprit.”

clouts, pl n [There are many definitions for this word, but in this case, it means:] A cloth, a piece of cloth or leather, a patch, a rag
page 46, Godric by Frederick Buechner
“They were Venetian seamen mostly, as brown and spry as apes, and naked save for clouts to hide their lechery.”

Previous words posts drawing on the vocabulary of Godric:
First installment

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Books cited here:
Godric by Frederick Buechner [Amazon]*

What new words have you found lately?

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13 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. They are all new to me, but I especially like campion (and the beautiful photo!). Thank you.

  2. They’re all new to me too. I love thimble-rigger because it sounds like what it means.

  3. Good words this week! Thimble-riggers and moiety are new to me.

    Here’s mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/05/wondrous-words-wednesday_11.html

  4. I am guessing that “shrive” is related to “Shrove Tuesday,” but I have never heard it used before. Nice collection of words.

  5. Enjoyed the new words I learned today, thanks!

  6. Great words, all new to me !

  7. That photo is stunning. I really like moiety for some reason. I think the way it sounds as I say it.

  8. I like shriving. These words are new for me, too. Thanks for sharing. If you get a chance, my words are here.

  9. Campion are gorgeous! I would like those in my yard!

  10. Great words this week. Moeity I knew. I really like thimble-rigging, who knew there was a word for that? I guessed pickpocket when I read your sentence. The campion certainly is a pretty flower- I’d not heard of them before either. There’s certainly been a number of tricky words from this book- and you’re not even up to page 50!

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