Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wonderful Words Wednesday

Good morning and Happy Wednesday! I am on the west coast this week on business, so I am getting a rather late start on this today, at least compared to a lot of you. It's been hard to squeeze in some personal time, but since I missed the Teaser yesterday, I didn't want to miss sharing some new words!

This week, my words are all from As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann. My friend Ari has been pestering me to read this one for a while, and although it got off to a slow start, I am very interested in how it turns out: "A dark, erotic tale of passion and obsession, As Meat Loves Salt is a gripping portrait of England beset by war and the harrowing tale of a man on the edge of madness." So far, that's a pretty good summary.

Most of these words are pretty archaic, but I found some of them interesting. Since one of the main characters runs a printing press, we'll get to learn some terms for its parts and operation.

1. "She blew her nose and I heard the catarrh rattle in her head."

Inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat.

2. "This is what you call your frisket. It keeps ink from getting where you don't want it."

A thin frame in a printing press that holds the sheet of paper in position and acts as a mask.

3. "That thick thing is called a tympanum - it evens the pressure."

In a printing press, frame for equalizing pressure; it is also the medical term for the external ear drum, the part that vibrates.

4. "Was this always the way of it, that a man climbed towards the angels only to drop into the midden?"

A dunghill or refuse heap.

That will have to do for today - my first conference call is in 30 minutes and it's going to be another long afternoon in a freezing cold conference room, without even a new word to keep me company.


avisannschild said...

Ugh, for some reason I really dislike the word catarrh. It sounds gross. (And your sentence doesn't help!) I recently looked up midden because my partner found it in the book he was reading (The Road by Cormac McCarthy)!

bermudaonion said...

Oh, how I wish frisket meant something else, so I could use that word. I just love the sound of it. Thanks for participating.

Lenore said...

Ha ha! Yeah frisket sounds so cool. I'm going to try to drop into my conversations.

Margot said...

I like midden. I think I can make that one work for me in some creative way. I like that you gave us a little peak into your traveling life. It reminds me of my working days. I can see you sitting in a hotel room trying to catch up on your laptop. I also remember those freezing conference rooms. Thanks for the memories.

LuAnn said...

Oooh, great words this week. I have to say (blushing with embarrassment here) that I didn't get my words done. Maybe I'll do them a couple days late?