Wondrous Words #170
Thanks for stopping by to check on my new words this week. I’m still reading My Antonia and still gathering new-to-me words. Willa Cather is quite the wordsmith but I’ll share just a few.
1. oracular: But, as he uttered it, it became oracular, the most sacred of words.
Oracular refers to or is related to something from an oracle. The classical definition of an oracle is someone who is the medium through which prophecy or advice is given. In this case the author is probably thinking of oracle as a person or thing regarded as an infallible authority or guide on something. Thus, whatever was being said was “gospel,” or sacred.
2. windlass: The Russians had a neat log house byilt on a grassy slope, with a windlass well beside the door.
A windlass is a type of winch used especially on ships to hoist anchors and haul on mooring lines. As you can see in the picture, it was also used to lower buckets into and hoist them up from wells.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a meme sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to visit her for more new words.