Wondrous Words #166
Thanks for stopping by to check on the new words I’ve found in my reading this week. I’ve been reading another Agatha Christie and found a few new ones. The first new word for me is right in the title:
1. Murder In the Mews.
A mews is a British term meaning a row or street of houses or apartments that have converted from stables or built to look like former stables.
2. squib: As they walked along, the sound of squibs was still heard periodically.
A squib is a small firework that burns with a hissing sound before exploding. I know I’ve heard the sound of a squib before. I expect to hear more this next week as our American fireworks holiday approaches.
3. counterfoil: “And nothing on the counterfoil of the chequebook.
Counterfoil is another British term meaning the part of a check, receipt, ticket or other document that is torn off and kept as a record by the person issuing it.
4. shagreen: The case was unlocked. Inside it was fitted with shagreen brushes and toilet bottles.
Shagreen is sharkskin that is used as a decorative material or, for its natural rough surface of pointed scales, or as an abrasive.
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