Wondrous Words #176

It’s time to gather together all the words I find in my reading. I’ve been reading An Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie. Bless her heart, she always gives me a bunch of new words. (Click the book title if you want to read my review.)

1. wagons-lits: They had had such a friendly talk together in the swaying corridor of the wagons-lits.

Wagons-lits are sleeping cars on Continental railroads.

2. touts: They had compared notes on Egypt, had laughed at the ridiculous language of the donkey boys and street touts.

Touts are people who try to sell something in an aggressive or pestering manner.

3. dragoman: A fat dragoman was standing talking to Carol with quite unintelligible fluency.

A dragoman is an interpreter or guide, especially in countries speaking Arabic, Turkish, or Persian.

4. basilisk: Mrs. Boynton’s basilisk eyes looked. not at Sarah, but oddly over her shoulder.

Basilisk is a mythical reptile with a lethal gaze or breath, hatched by a serpent from a cock’s egg. That definition doesn’t fit exactly. I’m guessing it’s more of a lethal gaze.

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5 Responses to Wondrous Words #176

  1. Yes, Agatha Christie is always good for a new word or two. I knew wagon-lit, only because the travel agency my husband’s company uses has that in their name so I’ve looked it up before. Great words today – I’m sure I can use tout!

  2. Fun words. I have a feeling I’ve seen touts and basilisk before, but I couldn’t have come up with a meaning. Thanks!

  3. I think basilisk is used a lot to mean reptilian. Probably what they were going for.

    That’s a great assortment of words!

  4. Louise says:

    I’m familiar with tout as a verb but not as a noun. Agatha certainly does seem to be a great source of new words for you, and us.

  5. Staci says:

    I’ve read a few of the words before in other books but it’s always fun to read them within the pages of Agatha’s story!!

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