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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy over at BermudaOnion's Weblog. If you've come across an interesting word or three this week in your reading, run on over to BermudaOnion's and grab the button, write a post and link up at her blog!

Words from 'Penny Plain' by O. Douglas 
'The schools had skailed, and the children, finding in the weather little encouragement to linger, had gone to their homes.'  pg. 1 

skailed: v.

scattered, an Ulster-Scots word found @ BBC words and phrases

'Doesn't that sound delicious? 'Mullioned windows'.   pg. 6

mul·lion:   n. 

A vertical member, as of stone or wood, dividing a window or other opening.
mullioned: adj.
'With February, hope and the snowdrops begin to spring, but January is a month to be warstled through as best we can.'   pg. 127
warstled: n.
Scottish - Wrestled or struggled


  1. I did know mullioned, but the other words are new to me. I bet if I used skailed people would think I was saying scaled.

  2. Ditto on mullioned, and I did not know the others. Although "warstled" makes perfect sense to me, as I'm of Scots-Irish stock, and we still say "wrastled". The Scots-Irish are famous among linguists for this kind of letter inversion, as well as for our 'r's getting dropped or needlessly inserted in odd places ("warshed" instead of "washed" being the most famous).

  3. I learnt mullioned on one of my first WW posts- it's one of the words that's stuck. The other two are new to me, the Scots have some great words.

  4. I try to learn English and i'm happy to learnt too Scottish words ! Thanks !

  5. I really liked skailed. It's a nice way to alter the use of scattered. I'm going to try to add that to my vocabulary.

  6. All new words for me..Like Margot said, skailed is going into my vocabulary ..love the sound of it.

  7. I did know mullioned, but the other two are new to me.


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