New to me words…


  • Forfend – to ward off or protect
  • Worldly-wise – possessing a practical and often shrewd understanding of human affairs
  • Incunabulum – a book printed before 1501 (an arbitrary year chosen by a 19th century author); before printing press.
  • Plumply – in a wholehearted manner and without hesitation
  • Diseuse – a woman who is a skilled and usually professional reciter. (The name for a male equivalent is diseur.)
  • Spun-chuck – Hm. A spin-chuck is a piece of machinery used in a lab set up, but a “spun-chuck”? Maybe something to do with spinning something around in a circle?
  • Tugly – dark, dense. (Lewis Carroll apparently made this one up.)

(Taken from life in general and also from Titchmarsh’s The Queen’s Houses.)

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