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.