Wondrous Words Wednesday
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I found a few new to me words in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
1. caul – “The only notable thing about the birth was that the infant was born with a caul which was supposed to indicate that the child was set apart to do great things in the world.”
You’d think I’d have known this one but I didn’t. A caul is an amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus.
2. sachem – “The party sachems met here in secret pow-wow in a private dining room and, over succulent oysters, they decided who’d be elected and who mowed down.”
A sachem is a boss or leader.
3. roached – “The picture was of a bland-faced man with roached hair and handlebar mustache.”
This word has a lot of meanings but, in this case, it means a roll of hair brushed up from the forehead or temple. It seems to me they could have come up with a more appealing term for it.
What words do you want to celebrate today?