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 from Wayfarers by Knut Hamsun, translated from the Norwegian by James McFarlane.
Theodor has a rupture and wears a truss.
Truss: n. a surgical appliance worn to support a hernia, typically a padded belt.
I didn’t even imagine there was a word for this thing!
He might also take a dram to be sociable, but further than that he refused to go.
Dram: n. chiefly Scottish a small drink of spirits.
This is a word that comes again and again in the book and was quite clear from the context. Still, I wonder why the translator chose a Scottish word!
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)