Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Wondrous Words Wednesday - 2/24/16
Kathy at Bermudaonion's Weblog hosts this weekly meme where you can share new words you've encountered or spotlight words you love. If you want to play along, write a post then go to Kathy's blog to link your post.
These words were found in the first few pages of The Liar's Club by Mary Karr. It is not a read for the faint of heart. It is gritty, unforgettable and the real deal.
"My eyes were belt-level with his service revolver and a small leather sap that even then must have been illegal in the state of Texas."
sap - noun
I could not find this word in any online dictionary, but I googled it and this is what I found:
They come in different weights and lengths.
While a blackjack has a coiled spring, the SAP has a long piece of metal, flexible, and sometimes with a small, metal ball at the head.
The head is wider, but shorter than the handle. Often, there is a strap, on the handle end, to make it easier to hold on to the SAP.
"At some point the talk got heated, and Paolo called Mother a strumpet, for which Daddy was said to have stomped a serious mud-hole in Paolo's a_ _. "
strumpet - noun dated
a prostitute or promiscuous woman
This from the Urban Dictionary, among many other more graphic examples.
first used by Shakespeare to describe loose women - "Thou art a strumpet"
What interesting or wondrous words did you find this week?
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