Wondrous Words #161

Hello fellow word-lovers. After three weeks off to mend my aching hand, I’m back to share a few words I’ve discovered in my reading. While reading The Red Pony I found some interesting new-to-me words:

1. bandy-legged: He was a broad, bandy-legged little man . . .

A person who is bandy-legged is someone whose legs curve out at the knees. I’ve heard of bowlegged, but bandy-legged was different.

2. carrion: Jody hated them (the buzzards) as all decent things hate them, but they could not be hurt because they made away with carrion.

Carrion is the decaying flesh of dead animals.

3. Singletree: They marched past the cypress, where a singletree hung from a limb to butcher the pigs on.

A singletree is a crossbar pivoted in the middle, to which the traces are attached in a horse-drawn wagon or plow.

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8 Responses to Wondrous Words #161

  1. I know carrion because we have turkey vultures around here that eat it. I even use that word sometimes. The rest of the words are new — thanks!

  2. Bandy-legged is new to me too. I’ve seen people with legs like that but never knew it had a name. I didn’t know singletree either and I’m kind of glad I didn’t. I don’t want to think about that one.

  3. Louise says:

    Lovely to see you back at it Margot, I hope this means your hand is very much on the mend. I hadn’t come across singletree before either, it’s an unusual word.

  4. Libby says:

    Hi Margot! How are you?

    I did not know singletree. I would have thought that it meant a single tree – LOL! Interesting word…

  5. Great words today, Margot!

  6. I’ve done a few posts about vultures so I knew about carrion….I guess I would have guessed bandy-legged. But singletree, I had no idea!

  7. Annie says:

    Al new words for me, Margot. Thanks !

  8. Staci says:

    I had no clue as to singletree…great words this week!

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