Wondrous Words Wednesday
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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 some of these words are mostly used in Britain.
1. banjax – “Reckons we banjaxed the Saunders case to keep a good snitch on the street.”
Banjax is chiefly Irish but I like it so much, I think I’ll use it. It means damage or ruin.
2. hot-desking – “Hot-desking was necessary and no one had yet found a kettle.”
According to wikipedia, hot-desking “is an office organization system which involves multiple workers using a single physical work station or surface during different time periods. The “desk” in the name refers to an office desk being shared by multiple office workers on different shifts as opposed to each staff member having their own personal desk.”
3. obsequy – “Rebus doubted a tenth as many would turn out for Billy Saunder’s obsequies.”
An obsequy is a funeral or burial rite and is usually used in plural as the author did.
What words do you want to celebrate today?