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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 22, 2014

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 just finished reading Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin and I found some terrific words in it.  The book is set in Scotland so most of these words are mostly used in Britain.

1. scarper – “Then he scarpered.”

Scarper means to flee or run away.


2. cosh – “He was either coshed or hit his head on something when they tried to grab him.”

Cosh means to strike or assault with or as if with a cosh.  A cosh is a weighted weapon similar to a blackjack.


3. gen – “That way, if I lift anything, you’ll know — and that’ll be the gen you really need.”

Gen means information.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2014 8:05 am

    I love Scottish words! So colorful!

  2. January 22, 2014 8:13 am

    I love the word “gen”. I’ll have to use it. Ha! (=

  3. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 22, 2014 9:27 am

    I vaguely recalled scarper, but the others were new to me.

  4. talesofwhimsy permalink
    January 22, 2014 10:27 am

    Oh these are cool.

  5. January 22, 2014 10:44 am

    I’ve never heard of any of these before! I love the sound of cosh.

  6. January 22, 2014 11:36 am

    Not familiar with any of these, but it is fun to see a new word in another “language”. Some are easy to figure out , like “lift” for elevator and “flat” for apartment, but others are not so easy.

  7. January 22, 2014 11:37 am

    3 new to me words! I think I’ve played gen in Words with Friends.

  8. Patty permalink
    January 22, 2014 11:48 am

    Do you ever wonder why certain authors know so many unusual words…sometimes I feel as though I use the same words over and over again…sigh!

  9. January 22, 2014 11:52 am

    Hi Kath,

    Ian Rankin does use some very ‘colourful’ language in his books and although all the words you featured today are generically ‘British’ and in daily use throughout the country, the Scots do have a language and vocabulary all their own, which even we poor English mortals have trouble comprehending!

    I do love the Rankin books though and hope that you enjoyed it too,


  10. January 22, 2014 1:12 pm

    Scarper is the only one there I knew.

  11. January 22, 2014 2:00 pm

    I love British words and you found some good ones here. I especially like ‘scarper’ and ‘gen’. I haven’t read anything by Rankin yet but I mean too. I know I’ll enjoy his books. I’ve already watched the British TV series based on his books and the series is very good. I’ll have to Listen to see if I hear these words!

  12. January 22, 2014 2:13 pm

    I love the special words the Scots and Brits create. And, they say them in that wonderful accent of theirs. I hope you enjoyed the Rankin book.

  13. January 22, 2014 2:18 pm

    All new to me today, Kathy! I like the first one: my puppy scarpered through the snow and we couldn’t catch him this morning!

  14. January 22, 2014 2:52 pm

    I like scarper. It just fits its definition.

  15. January 22, 2014 2:53 pm

    I like scarper. It just sounds like its definition.

  16. January 22, 2014 9:23 pm

    what great words! and love Ian Rankin!

  17. January 22, 2014 9:51 pm

    I’ve never heard anyone use gen for info, but it has a nice ring to it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. January 24, 2014 12:30 am

    These are all new words to me! Scarper is a fun one.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    January 27, 2014 8:56 am

    Only knew scarper. Fun list!

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