Wondrous Words Wednesday
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All of my words this week come from Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman.
1. porgy– “In fact, the largest porgy oil business on the Red Hook Peninsula had been owned by one of Benjamin Hewins, whose father, Nehemiah Hewins, cousin to Iris’s great-great-grandfather Elias, took a musket ball to the fleshy pad of his thumb while serving in the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment at the Battle of Bunker Hill.”
2. hyperborean – “But I promise you that despite having spent all the summer of her life in this hyperborean backwater, your grandmother’s manners and taste were too refined ever to permit her to indulge in that abomination.”
In this case, hyperborean means of, or relating to an extreme northern region: frozen.
3. machetaynista– “She was once again off to negotiate with her machetaynista, the woman with whom her native language did not even require her to have a relationship.”
I couldn’t find a definition for this one – does anyone know what it means?
Have you discovered any new words lately?