Aug 13, 2009

wondrous words

I forgot to do this post yesterday, but I have been jotting down the new words in my reading! All these came from Maggie-Now, which I've just finished.

Chromo- "Ah, well, he thought, 'tis better to have the old Chromo's picture in the house rather than the old Chromo herself in person, sitting here and coming between husband and wife."
Definition: slang for a useless, annoying person, or a person of low moral standard

Lisle- "Patsy... as was traditional with men, eying the women in their bathing suits, their legs in long, black lisle stocks and the ruffles of bloomers showing beneath knee-length skirts."
Definition: a finely spun cotton thread, used to make stockings and cotton underwear

Pot cheese- " 'I'll have pot cheese and chives,' said Mary, 'and coffee.' "
Definition: cottage cheese

Fagoting- "I could teach them hemstitching and darning and fagoting and how to make buttonholes..."
Definition: a type of decorative stitching that ties parallel threads together in groups

Shillelagh- "She gave him a present in return - a knotty shillelagh, a treasure that had belonged to her first husband. He was proud of it, Pat was, and carried it with him whenever he went out, wishing he could get into an argument and make use of it."
Definition: a club made of heavy wood

- "... well, Denny got everything all bollixed up."
Definition: to throw into confusion, make a mess of something

Lagniappe- "Winer had never come across the word 'lagniappe'. Yet he and many other storekeepers observed the custom."
Definition: a small gift given by a store owner to a customer with their purchase

For more wondrous words, visit this meme's host, Bermudaonion.


  1. The only word on your list that I knew was lagniappe and that's only because it's used on the Gulf Coast - there's a great restaurant in Destin, FL called Louisiana Lagniappe. I love pot cheese and chromo and think I can use them. Thanks for participating!

  2. Hi!
    I would like to join in on the DogEar Reading Challenge, but don't see anywhere to join. I found you over at A Novel Challenge. I have posted and linked back to you. I also have my books listed. You can me at A View of My Life. Have a great day!


  3. Hey there, I just came in to stop by and let you know I've an award waiting for you at my blog.

    Here's the link, and hope the rest of the week is a good one.

  4. Bermudaonion- that's a great name for a restaurant!

    Sherrie- whoops, I didn't know that link was missing. I didn't know I can't put up more than one mr. linky at once. I'm going to fix this problem ASAP and then let you all know where the signups are. Sorry!!

    Jules- Thanks so much!

  5. Anonymous8/14/2009

    Thant's quite a list of words. The last two were the only ones that I'm at all familiar with.

  6. Shillelagh is a great word - such a lovely sound for a bit of violence. I knew someone named Lisle, but I've never seen it used as anything other than a name.

    My words are here.


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