Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme, sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion, where you can share new words that you've discovered in your reading.
I'm a first-time participant in this meme, but I thought I'd play along this week because I am learning a plethora of new words with my current read (plethora--now there's a good word! One of my favorites). Here's what I'm reading:
Jessie Burton's novel The Miniaturist, set in late 17th century Amsterdam is CHOCK-FULL of words completely new to me . . . because they are Dutch terms from that time period. Here's a sample of my favorites so far:
Herenbrood--literally a "gentlemen-bread" that wealthy folk ate, made of wheat flour. Common people ate a cheaper bread made of rye.
Pattens--cloglike shoes with a wooden sole and leather strap. Worn indoors and outside, to protect softer leather shoes from dirt.
Donderbus--literally "thunder-pipe;" referring to an early form of shotgun.
Kandeel--a spiced drink made with wine, sometimes thickened with ground almonds, wheat starch, dried fruit, honey, sugar, and egg yolks (hmmm . . . does that sound tasty, or not? I'm not sure I'd want to try it!)
I love it when authors of historical fiction include some words from the time period; this can really help the reader feel present in the setting.
Have you discovered any new words in your reading this week?