Wondrous Words Wednesday
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This week’s words are from A Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling.
1. coprolite – “All that remained these days of the Sweetloves’ long association with Pagford, was the grandest tomb in the churchyard of St. Michael and All Saints, and a smattering of crests and initials over local records and buildings, like the footprints and coprolites of extinct creatures.”
Coprolite is fossilized excrement.
2. quoin – “Big Queen Anne manor house, dormers, stone quoins. . . stunning, you should visit, it’s open to the public on Sundays in the summer.”
A quoin is a solid exterior angle (as of a building).
3. bolshy – “She would not forgive Kay for the rude outstretched plate; the woman was bolshy and patronizing, exactly like Lisa, who had monopolized every get-together with her political views and her job in family law, despising Samantha for owning a bra shop.”
I thought I had this one figured out from the context and I was right. I was a little surprised to find bolshy in my dictionary – it means Bolshevik.