Thanks for stopping by to check on my new words. Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.
Last week I read Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. (My view here.) There were quite a few new-to-me words, all of them old nautical terms. Because I was “reading” via the audiobook, that posed a challenge. I like to give you the sentence in which the unknown word appears and then the definition. So, with my apologies, I can only give you the words and the definition.
1. trypots/tryworks: A try pot is a large pot used to remove and render the oil from blubber obtained from whales. In the 18th- and 19th-century New England whaling industry, the use of try-works (two large try pots in a brick furnace) on whaling ships allowed them to stay at sea longer and boil out their oil.
2. trice up: to haul lines, blocks, or tackle out of the way and secure them while performing another task with sails or yards.
3. taffrail: the rail around the stern of ship.
4. plum duff: A plum “duff” or dough is an early version of plum pudding. Plum duff was eaten by the poor and, in Heart of a Samurai, by the sailors. It was made with flour, lard, water, molasses, and raisins (“plums”). The picture above is a much fancier version, often called Christmas Pudding.
5. forecastle: sailors’ living quarters at the head of the ship. A windowless space, it was typically dark, dank, and smelly.
How is it going with your reading? Have you found new words this week?
*Photo credit: Wikipdia