Wondrous Words #171

Hey, it’s time for Wondrous Words Wednesday. This is the third week I’m using words from My Antonia by Willa Cather (in case anyone was counting). For me, this was a rich novel in many ways: the story and the characters were splendid, and there was a wealth of new words. Here are some more:

1. torpor: She was the only one of his family who could rouse the old man from the torpor in which he seemed to live.

Torpor is a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy.

2. hartshorn: The wind had the burning taste of fresh snow; my throat and nostrils smarted as if someone had opened a hartshorn bottle.

Hartshorn is a liquid ammonia solution used as smelling salts. It got it’s name because it was formerly prepared from the horns of deer.

3. quinsy: The next day I came down with an attack of quinsy, which kept me in the house for nearly two weeks.

Quinsy is inflammation of the throat, especially an abscess in the region of the tonsils.

That’s all for this week. I still have more words from this wonderful book — enough for a few more weeks. See you next Wednesday.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a meme created and sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to visit her for more new words.

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