It’s that time of week again, that time when we talk about and define words that we’ve encountered in our reading in the past seven days. This exercise was created by Kathy at Bermudaonion’s Blog, so if you have new words this week, leave some links for me in the comments, but be sure to go there and add yours to her list.
Meanwhile, as usual, I’m cheating a bit.
1) ambuscade – ambush; to attack from a concealed position; to lie in wait, ready to attack from that position.
This word comes from the Old French, “embuschier,” and Old Italian, “imboscare.” They stem, ultimately, from the Frankish word, “boscu,” which meant “bush” or “woods.” Fascinating development.
I didn’t actually encounter this old, lovely word in a book. It’s part of the title of a collage done by a friend of mine, made with pieces from some old Victorian illustrations: A Brazen Ambuscade. This collage is part of a wonderful set of similar works, called Mysteries of Amorvaine. Check it out if you can.
2) infirmarian – (in a religious house) a person who nurses the sick.
This is from a book, but it’s still sort of cheating, since it’s from yesterday’s Tuesday Teaser, about The Traitor’s Tale by Margaret Frazer, and I haven’t as that far yet. 🙂
So those are my words this week. Got any of your own?