Still completely behind, so this is going to be rather random ...
Last week I read Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery for the readalong at the Midnight Garden, so I have a few words from that book ...
A child of about eleven, garbed in a very short, very tight, very ugly dress of yellowish-gray wincey.
- a plain or twilled fabric of wool and cotton used especially for warm shirts or skirts and pajamas.
- is a coarse twill or plain-woven fabric woven with a linen warp and a woollen weft. Similar fabrics woven with a cotton warp and woollen weft in Colonial America were also called linsey-woolsey or wincey.
"She looks exactly like a – like a gimlet."
gimlet (plural gimlets)
- A small screw-tipped tool for boring holes.
- A cocktail, usually made with gin and lime juice.
This one was confusing me, because neither of these makes much sense as an insult from a child, but I finally found out that gimlet was also used figuratively to describe something as sharp or piercing.
"...I got up yesterday spelling 'ebullition."
eb·ul·li·tion (ĕb′ə-lĭsh′ən) n.
- The state or process of boiling.
- A sudden, violent outpouring, as of emotion
A term which certainly describes Anne.
"... And then shall I run down the cellar and get some russets, Matthew ? Wouldn't you like some russets?"
russets - from Wikipedia "Russeting on apples is a particular type of skin, slightly rough, usually with a greenish-brown to yellowish-brown colour. Many apple cultivars have some natural russeting, but some are almost entirely covered in it, notably the Egremont Russet. Russet apples often exhibit a scent and flavour reminiscent of nuts, and are often very sweet. ... "
(This was one confusing the heck out of me - I thought that she was talking about russet potatoes at first!)
I'll send her to the manse tomorrow to borrow the Peep of the Day series, that's what I'll do.
manse - The house occupied by a minister of a Presbyterian church. Origin - late 15th century (denoting the principal house of an estate): from medieval Latin mansus 'house, dwelling', from manere 'remain'.
|The Leaskdale Manse that L.M. Montgomery moved into after marrying Ewan Macdonald in 1911, three years after publishing Anne of Green Gables. Macdonald was a Prince Edward Islander and had become the community’s Presbyterian minister in 1910. Montgomery lived there for 15 years. http://lucymaudmontgomery.ca/about-maud/|