Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!
All of my words this week come from West of Here by Jonathan Evison.
1. tamanamis – “You must keep keep clean for your tamanamis, so you have no smell.”
Tamanamis means guardian spirit.
2. cayuses – “Unlike that stubborn pair of cayuses you attempted to secure from the natives.”
According to my dictionary, cayuses used in this context means a native range horse.
3. pemmican– “In addition to the large stores of flour, sugar, coffee, and pemmican, their cargo included tobacco and whiskey and fishing tackle and bacon grease, oilskin and canvas and blankets and axes and whipsaws and rifles.”
I felt like I should have known this word, but I couldn’t define it. I knew it had to do with food, but I wasn’t exactly sure what. Pemmican is a concentrated food used by North American Indians and consisting of lean meat dried, pounded fine, and mixed with melted fat. That doesn’t sound good to me!
Have you come across any new words lately?