Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wonderous Words Wednesday (8)

Happy Wonderous Words Wednesday to you! If you're new to this, it's a meme that Bermuda Onion hosts in which we share unfamiliar words we've come across in our reading.

My words this week are all from Diana Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber (big surprise!).

Kirkyard: (n.) churchyard.

Well, if it came down to it, a tramp round every kirkyard and burying ground in the general vicinity of Brock Tuarach was likely the best he could do in the short term. -- page 26

Banns: (n.) notice of an intended marriage, given three times in the parish church of each of the betrothed.

Lay one hand on that rosy flesh again, and they'd be calling the banns by next month. -- page 37

Insouciance: (n.) lack of care or concern; indifference.

The yellow silk of the background had faded to ochre, but the multicolored peacocks were bold as ever, spreading their tails with lordly insouciance, regarding the viewer with eyes like black beads. -- page 40

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bermudaonion said...

I'm guessing that book is historical fiction, but maybe I'm wrong. I've never heard of any of those words. I might be able to use insouciance if I could pronounce it.

Margot said...

I love tales of romantic England which I'm guessing is what this book is. I've read other historicals that speak of the kirkyards and posting the bans. Mmm, I need to read one of those again.