Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun. All of my words this week come from Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly, so they have an Irish flavor to them.
1. spailpins – “Always the hardest-working of all laborers, despite being the youngest of the spailpins .”
Spailpins were laborers hired for digging potatoes; coming mostly from the west and south-west, they traveled to richer counties like Munster and Limerick or to England.
2. bawn – “Ah, the peasant jockey and his colleen bawn.”
According to wikipedia, a bawn is a wall surrounding an Irish tower house; its original purpose was to protect livestock during attack.
3. whinge – “Never a whine or a whinge.”
Whinge means to complain fretfully.
What new words have you discovered lately?