Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!
My words for this week come again from The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone.
He marked out the most promising route to the quarry area, set the men to work with picks and shovels to cut a trail up which the burros could carry supplies.
Burro: n. (chiefly US) a small donkey used as a pack animal.
I knew that the word burro means donkey in Spanish and Portuguese, but didn’t know it was used in English too. And as the scene is set in Italy it sounded a bit out of context. Interesting!
After immuring himself for weeks, Michelangelo attended a dinner of the Company of the Cauldron.
Immure: v. confine or imprison.
This has a Latin origin (to put between muri, walls), so it was clear to me, but new at the same time. Nice!
“I will find charwomen, messere,” announced the imperturbable Urbino. “What refreshment does one serve the Holy Father and his train?”
Charwomen: n. (Brit. dated) a woman employed as a cleaner in a house or office.
This one was completely new and a word I could not make sense of. Wow!
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)