Sorry for being MIA! I didn’t plan to disappear so completely, but I was traveling and, as often happens, my online time was reduced to zero. Back just in time for this week’s words, though!
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 Bleak House by Charles Dickens (which still offers plenty of beautiful words!).
She might have coaxed me to say no if I had been the hardest-hearted duenna in the world.
Duenna: n. an older woman acting as a governess and chaperone to girls in a Spanish family.
For he is the most self-satisfied, and the shallowest, and the most coxcombical and utterly brainless ass.
Coxcomb: n. archaic a vain and conceited man; a dandy.
The house was a real old house with settles in the chimney of the brick-floored kitchen and great beams across the ceilings.
Settle: n. a wooden bench with a high back and arms, typically incorporating a box under the seat.
He’s as obstinate a young gonoph as I know.
Gonoph: n. A pickpocket or thief.
*This definition comes from TheFreeDictionary
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)