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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 5, 2016

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!

These week’s words are from BIRDSEYE: THE ADVENTURES OF A CURIOUS MAN by Mark Kurlanksy.

1. brewis – “The ultimate winter survival dish was something he called bruise, which is sometimes known as brewis, a combination of dried and salted food mixed with a tremendous amount of fat.”

According to Wikipedia, brewis is made with cod and hard bread or hard tack.  It’s a traditional Newfoundland meal with many different recipes.  It doesn’t sound very appealing to me.


2. lumper – “Kids could be lumpers if they were big and strong enough and by working very long hours could earn enough money, if they were frugal, to buy a house when they got married.”

A lumper is a worker who unloads cargo.


3. anhydrous – “Always an astute marketer, he called his process anhydrous food as opposed to dehydrated, just as his food was called frosted rather than frozen.”

Anhydrous means of a substance containing no water.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    October 5, 2016 7:48 am

    All new to me and I didn’t have a clue about any of them. That first one sounds disgusting!!!

  2. October 5, 2016 9:19 am

    I bet that was an interesting book! All new words to me.

  3. October 5, 2016 9:20 am

    I knew none of them.

  4. October 5, 2016 9:35 am

    Nope, nope, and fairly close.

  5. October 5, 2016 10:07 am

    We have Newfoundland friends who had us over for “fish & brewis”. My husband liked it but I thought it was pretty disgusting too.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 5, 2016 10:17 am

    I knew lumper and anhydrous!

  7. October 5, 2016 12:47 pm

    I knew anhydrous (love my science background), and I agree, brewis does NOT appeal at all. Thanks for sharing.

  8. October 5, 2016 1:22 pm

    Wow, three words in one book – good going.

  9. October 5, 2016 6:28 pm

    Happy Wednesday, Kathy! Lumper is my favorite of the three!

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