Wondrous Words #163

It’s Wednesday and time to share with you new words I’ve discovered in my reading. I just started reading Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. Already I’ve run into several new words. I have a feeling there will be enough new words for several weeks of Wondrous Words Wednesday.

1. fettler: “We must be fettler, baker, apothecary, grave digger.”

From the context it seems that a fettler is someone with a certain kind of job in this early American colony. There are only a couple of definitions that fit that. It can’t be a person who maintains a railway, as there are no railways in the story. It looks like fettler in this case refers to someone who fiddles or tinkers with things.

2. hellebore: “For her, the apple, for me, the white hellebore–different plants.”

A hellebore is a common garden flowering plant, said to have medicinal purposes.

3. tegs: “At large expense, we had bought tegs from the mainland just a year earlier.”

Tegs are sheep in their second year.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is the creation of Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to visit her for more new words.

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5 Responses to Wondrous Words #163

  1. Interesting words. Fettler sounds fun.

  2. Annie says:

    I just neaw Hellebore ! Beautiful Flowers, some of them are blooming just at Christmas. No “Wondrous words” for mee this week, but, if you want a beautiful garden, in South of France.

  3. Libby says:

    Hey Margot! Just like Annie I knew hellebore and not the other two! The book sounds interesting. :). Thanks!

  4. Louise says:

    I’ve got some hellebore in the backyard! They’re very beautiful. The other two are new to me.

  5. Those are all new to me. I find it interesting that there’s a word for two year old sheep!

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