Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermudaonion's Weblog.

This week's Wondrous comes from the book The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

1.fustain- Thick cotton material.
2. is a term for a variety of heavy woven, mostly cotton fabrics, chiefly prepared for menswear. It is also used to refer to pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech, from at least the time of Shakespeare. Fustian was worn by workers during the 19th century. As such, radical elements of the British working class chose to wear fustian jackets as a symbol of their class allegiance. This was especially marked during the Chartist era. The historian Paul Pickering has called the wearing of fustian "a statement of class without words."[3] via Wikipedia

2. keacorn- Throat

3. barrow- is a mound of earth erected over a grave.

4. fetichistic- Superstitious

5. sacrarium- Area surround and altar

These were found on the first 17 pages that I have read so far.


bermudaonion said...

Wow, it sounds like that book will be a great source for new words. I find keacorn especially interesting. Thanks for participating today!

Shannansbooks said...

Thank you for having it. Yes, I have a lot more words for next week. The classics always have great words. That is why they use some for the SAT. I wish I would have read them when I was in high school.