Welcome to Wondrous Words Wednesday, a weekly meme designed so we can share new-to-us words we find in our reading. I’ve been reading Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. Here are a few words I found.
1. quirting: Cowboys who could ride anything caught the horses and ran them on fear, spurring and quirting them too hard, taking pride in staying on no matter how desperately they bucked and fishtailed.
A quirt is a short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash. Quirting means to hit the horse with a quirt or whip.
2. scutch: Patches started to scutch about at the strange noise but I held her in, and as the plane approached I took off my hat and waved.
The definition I found for scutch didn’t seem to fit the sentence. It said the word meant to dress by beating? In looking closer, I found the original word trace from the mid 18th century. It’s from the obsolete French escoucher, from Latin excutere ‘shake out.’ I can see the horse “shaking out’ at the strange noise.
3. Poms: Santa Fe was a beautiful old place – Dad pointed out that the Spanish arrived here even before the first Poms got to Virginia – with low adobe buildings and dusty streets lined with Spanish oaks.
Poms is slang for English people.
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