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!
It’s been a while since my last WWW post, but as work is slower than usual today I can finally manage one. My words for this week come from Scruffy by Paul Gallico.
You know how Scruffy is about his scoff — when he wants monkey-nuts there’s no two ways about it.
Scoff: n. food
Scruffy was one of the ugliest specimens of magot, scientifically known as macaca silvania simia, the African tail-less macaque, or Barbary ape.
Magot: n. a macaque with no tail. Found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco with a small population, of unknown origin, in Gibraltar.
*According to Wikipedia, magot is just another name for the Barbary apes. The above definition comes from the Barbary macaque page.
It had been an extraordinarily good spring, with just enough rain, and the Chaplain’s vegetables were in fine fettle.
Fettle: n. condition
The tickling of an ormolu bedroom clock annoyed him, so he stopped it the only way he knew how — by pounding it on the floor until its innards came out.
ormolu: n. a gold-coloured alloy of copper, zinc, and tin used in decoration and making ornaments.
The open window beckoned him like a lodestone.
lodestone: n. a piece of magnetite or other naturally magnetized mineral, able to be used as a magnet.
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)