Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wonderous Words Wednesday (10)

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These words all came from Diana Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber.

Inamorata: (n.) a woman who loves or is loved; female sweetheart or lover.

The strength of true love had been tried severely this evening according to Charles, by his inamorata's devotion to her pet, a rather ill-tempered monkey that reciprocated His Highness's dislike and had more concrete means of demonstrating its opinions. -- page 215

Chirurgeon: (n.) a surgeon.

One chirurgeon referred to him routinely -- out of Mother's hearing-- as "that revolting rat," another as "the smelly rabbit," and one small, tubby truss-maker greeted him qutie openly as "Monsieur le Dishcloth." -- page 227

Bilboquet: (n.) The toy called cup and ball.

Jamie was holding a bilboquet in one hand, and had the other poised over one eye. -- page 232

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bermudaonion said...

All of those words seem to be French in origin. I know a little French, but I don't know any of them. Thanks for playing along today!

Mercy's Maid said...

Yes, I'm at a point in the book where the characters are living in France.

Lisa said...

Oooh, a bit of French flavor today! Very good words - I was only familiar with the first.

My words are here.