Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!
I recently read Mother of Rain by Karen Spears Zacharias. There’s a glossary in the back of the book since much of it is written in the vernacular of Appalachia. I knew, or was able to figure out, all of the words, but I thought it would be fun to feature a few of them today.
1. shitepoke – “Jimmie Price was a shitepoke town kid, from up at Johnson City.”
Shitepoke means long-legged, like a heron.
2. quare – “’I cain’t describe it good, but she’s got this quare look, like somebody took an eraser and wiped her clean of any remembrances.'”
Quare means queer; mentally unbalanced; senile; defective, oddball.
3. poke – “Miz Janny handed me the poke of nuts.”
A poke is a paper sack.
What words do you want to celebrate today?