Wondrous Words Wednesday
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My first two words come from Dare Me by Megan Abbott.
1. plaint – “I don’t understand how Coach could do this to us” plaints Tacy, her battered lip now a frosted lavender.”
Plaint means protest or complaint. I think I’ll be able to remember this one!
2. batten – “My arms lifted above, I have her right side, her right wrist, her arm like a batten, hard and motionless, and RiRi her left.”
When I hear batten, I think of “Batten down the hatches,” and that didn’t seem to fit here. Batten has quite a few meanings and means a strip, bar, or support in this case.
My third word comes from The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank.
3. epergne – “In the center was my mother’s Victorian silver epergne, another piece of our family’s formerly elegant life that I had not seen in decades.”
An epergne is an often ornate tiered centerpiece consisting typically of a frame of wrought metal (as silver or gold) bearing dishes, vases, or candle holders or a combination of these. I’m not sure I’ve seen one of these in person, but when I googled this word, I discovered they can be quite ornate!