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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 9, 2019

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!

This word was in FOOD FIGHT: A MOUTHWATERING HISTORY OF WHO ATE WHAT AND WHY THROUGH AGES by Tanya Steel:

1. strigil – “When they got up, children would ‘wash’ their bodies with drops of olive oil, rubbing it on like moisturizer and then scraping it and the dirt off with a spatula-like strigil.”

Even though it’s explained in the post, I looked this word up.  A strigil is an instrument with a curved blade used, especially by ancient Greeks and Romans, to scrape sweat and dirt from the skin in a hot-air bath or after exercise; a scraper.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2019 3:48 am

    That sounds very dangerous when you think that a cut could kill you

  2. January 9, 2019 4:32 am

    I studied ancient history for my BA and also learnt Latin for a year, while I was there. How on Earth did I miss this instrument? 😂 it looks far too deadly to live in my bathroom… And if you put that in the modern workplace, they surely say it was a health and a safety issue!! Here is my link:
    https://bookblather.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/wondrous-word-wednesdays/

  3. January 9, 2019 7:03 am

    That’s a little gross! I’m not sure I wouldn’t hurt myself.

  4. January 9, 2019 8:26 am

    Yikes!

  5. January 9, 2019 8:43 am

    The ancients really had a different way of looking at hygiene from ours, didn’t they? I think I’ve seen images on ancient vases depicting the use of the strigil. Good word!

    Best picture I could find:

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  6. Kathy Lorenz permalink
    January 9, 2019 9:20 am

    We saw these in the museum in San Antonio !

    Sent from my iPhone Kathryn Lorenz

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  7. Kathy Lorenz permalink
    January 9, 2019 9:21 am

    And yes I do get this. But it’s a fun thing to talk about together.

    Sent from my iPhone Kathryn Lorenz

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  8. January 9, 2019 9:42 am

    Didn’t know it. But definitely appreciated the picture.

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 9, 2019 9:56 am

    New to me!

  10. Jackie permalink
    January 9, 2019 10:11 am

    How dirty were they???? New word to me as well.

  11. January 9, 2019 11:05 am

    I hear about Europeans using olive oil all the time. Apparently Sophia Loren would bathe in it, although I don’t know about the scraper part! :–)

  12. January 9, 2019 11:40 am

    Your picture and Mae’s make me glad that’s not one of the modern world’s method’s of cleanliness. Weird to me too.

  13. January 9, 2019 1:34 pm

    Didn’t know the word but…yuck!

  14. January 9, 2019 4:15 pm

    Oh my! An interesting way to exfoliate?

  15. January 9, 2019 7:57 pm

    Interesting word! I hadn’t heard of it before, It sounds like its meaning to me.

  16. January 10, 2019 7:25 am

    I don’t have a strigil, but maybe I could substitute a bread knife. The olive oil sounds pleasant, anyway.

  17. Carol Evans permalink
    January 10, 2019 9:02 am

    New to me – and it looks a little scary.

  18. January 11, 2019 12:23 am

    Hm. What would bathing in olive oil do to my skin?

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