Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday!

It's Wednesday and time for more new words! I'm on the road so it's a short post this week, but there are a few words I wanted to share.

My words this week come from The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. It takes place in a remote village in Quebec, so I've had a chance to practice a little of my college French. Still, there were a few words I thought you might find interesting...

1. Chatelaine: "As a chatelaine would, confident in her place and without need to prove it."

The mistress of a chateau or large country house .

Wall-eyed: "He approached the tall, wall-eyed dark horse, who shied away."

Having large bulging or staring eyes. I particularly loved this part, because the chatelaine above had planned to buy some lovely riding horses, and instead bought 4 abused and neglected horses, intended for slaughter. Such a very kind thing to do - I'm hoping it works out for her.

Well, those are all I have this week. I guess I need to find some tougher reading assignments. What new words did YOU learn this week?


Unknown said...

mmmm... Never heard of wall-eyes before! Thanks for sharing

Here are my words

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I finished this book a week ago. It had many interesting french words in it. I found it very kind too that she bought horses headed for slaughter. It was a good read.

bermudaonion said...

I don't guess I'll ever be a chatelaine, but I probably know someone who's wall-eyed! Thanks for participating.

Karen Harrington said...

I like those words. Doesn't chatelaine sound like a great dessert, as in "I'll have another piece of the chatelaine."

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

My husband is a fisherman and he talks about catching walleyed pike. I wonder if there is a connection. I like the word chatelaine. It just sound classy.