Wondrous Words Wednesday
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My words this week came from The Queen: A Life in Brief by Robert Lacey.
1. recrudescence – “‘It was even possible to see,’ wrote the radical old Estonian, who had chosen to live as a beggar in London’s East End for a time while researching his classic work of reportage, Down and Out In Paris and London, ‘the survival, or recrudescence, of an idea almost as old as history, the idea of the King and the common people being in a sort of alliance against the upper classes.’”
Recrudescence means a new outbreak after a period of abatement or inactivity: renewal. I like this word but doubt I’ll use it – it’s too hard for me to pronounce!
2. tumbril – “As usual, it was the Murdoch press that most menacingly evoked the tumbrils.”
A tumbril is a farm tipcart or a vehicle carrying condemned persons to a place of execution. In this case, the author meant the latter meaning, but only in a figurative sense.