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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