Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky! My words this week come from The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf.
1. davit – “Ropes creak through the pulleys as the first small boat descends in its davits, carrying a crew of five.”
A davit is a crane that projects over the side of a ship or hatchway and is used especially for boats, anchors, or cargo. I’ve seen davits before but never knew their name.
2. uilleann pipes – “Not Scottish pipes, o’ course, but uilleann pipes.”
Uilleann pipes are an Irish bagpipe with air supplied by a bellows held under and worked by the elbow. Here’s a video that shows what they look and sound like:
3. binnacle– “Just in front of the wheel is the ship’s compass in its binnacle; the man at the wheel needs look at nothing else.”
Binnacle’s not in my dictionary, so I had to turn to wikipedia. A binnacle is a waist-high case or stand on the deck of a ship, in which navigational instruments are placed for easy and quick reference as well as to protect the delicate instruments.
Have you come across any new words lately?