Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wonderous Words Wednesday (7)

It's been a few weeks! I did finish Outlander and I had a ton of words I meant to put in a WWW from my last week of reading it, but by the time the next Wednesday had rolled around I had moved on to something else. You're welcome! :)

However, now I'm on the second book of that series, Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I've only read the first chapter, but I ran into an unfamiliar word on the FIRST page of chapter one. It's going to be a long book! This week I only have one word, but by next week I should have several more.

Antimacassars: (n.) a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy.

He thought the feeling largely justified, insofar as he was surrounded: by tables covered by bric-a-brac and mementos, by heavy Victorian-style furniture, replete with antimacassars, plush and afghans, by tiny braided rugs that lay on the polished wood, craftily awaiting an opportunity to skid beneath an unsuspecting foot. -- page 3

Definition is from

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Anonymous said...

I think I've run into this word before, but promptly forgot it.

Lisa said...

I've seen the word a lot in older books. You don't really see it used to describe modern furniture.

My words are here and I've included some thoughts about definitions.

gautami tripathy said...

Such a big word. Difficult to remember!

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Margot said...

I've seen that word in books but have never looked it up. Now I know. Thanks.

bermudaonion said...

I'm so glad you posted the definition of that one - I've seen it quite a few times and never bothered to look it up. I guess antimacassars are kind of like doilies. Thanks for participating!