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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 15, 2011

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!

My first word this week comes from Death of a Chimney Sweep by M. C. Beaton.

1. crofter – “He diligently went all over the area where the captain might have walked, talking to crofters, and then to every house in Drim but without any success.”

A crofter is one who has tenure of a croft, usually also the occupant and user.  A croft is a small farm worked by a tenant.


My second word comes from Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

2. enfilade – “Then L. J. dispatched five of the men in an enfilade line among the old willow trees at the edge of the woods.”

Enfilade has several meanings, and from the context, I think it means to rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction.


Have you come across any new words lately?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2011 5:48 am

    Interesting words, as usual. The only way I had heard of croft before was as in Lara Croft 😉

  2. June 15, 2011 6:09 am

    Interesting – I really should take note of the words I look up when I read. 🙂

  3. June 15, 2011 6:36 am

    Did not know that :=

  4. June 15, 2011 6:39 am

    Both new words to me. I would have no idea how to pronounce the second one but it’s not likely I will use it in conversation soon, so I guess that ‘s okay!

    • June 15, 2011 7:02 am

      I think that’s because “enfilade” is a French word.
      Difficult to explain you how to pronounce it ! s Somethink like in English ” an fee lad”….

  5. June 15, 2011 6:58 am

    Crofter is all new to me ! Thanks !

  6. June 15, 2011 7:18 am

    You always have such great words.

    Enjoy your day.


  7. June 15, 2011 8:20 am

    For a change, I actually know one of the words 😀 Thanks for the interesting words every week!

  8. June 15, 2011 8:36 am

    Both new word for me today. I love Crofter as well. Thanks for sharing these with us!

  9. June 15, 2011 9:10 am

    Interesting – although I don’t think I’ll be working those into conversation today!

    My words are here and on the Linky.

  10. June 15, 2011 9:23 am

    Trial sounds like it has lots of killing in it!

  11. June 15, 2011 9:50 am

    I like the word crofter.

  12. June 15, 2011 10:21 am

    Interesting words there Kathy. I really enjoyed doing my Wondrous Wednesday post this week- it’s really boosting my enjoyment of Kidnapped, which can be a bit on the ponderous side.

  13. June 15, 2011 11:40 am

    I would never have guessed croft but enfilade is Latin based giving me a clue to its possible meaning.

  14. June 15, 2011 11:41 am

    I like crofter. It sounds better than tenant farmer, at least to me.

  15. June 15, 2011 12:02 pm

    Oh my, these are certainly new words to me. Thanks for sharing!

  16. June 15, 2011 12:58 pm

    Awesome new words. 😉

  17. June 15, 2011 1:29 pm

    Interesting words, Kathy. Croft I’ve come across before but forgot it’s meaning.

    Enfilade is familiar to me from it’s architectural meaning of doorways arranged in a rown down ahall or mirrors arranged so as to make a room appear larger but I wasn’t aware of this meaning. It’s fascinating that some words have such varied meanings! This is a good example of why I find words so intriguing and delicious!

    Thank you!

  18. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 15, 2011 3:12 pm

    Great words as always … you stumped me with enfilade!

  19. June 15, 2011 4:50 pm

    The first I did know, but the second was new to me. Wonderful book choices as well. M.C. Beaton is one of my guilty pleasures.

  20. kaye permalink
    June 15, 2011 4:54 pm

    Wow, never heard of enfilade before. That’s a good one!

  21. June 15, 2011 5:28 pm

    Excellent words, Kathy! I need to do this meme again soon.

  22. June 15, 2011 6:45 pm

    I’ve come across crofter before, but always thought it had to do with a trade of some kind!

  23. Veens permalink
    June 15, 2011 10:29 pm

    Great new words. 🙂

  24. June 19, 2011 9:43 am

    I’d have thought cofters meant the holder of treasurers…. hmmmmm…. diamonds, rubies, turquoises…sparkles 😉

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