Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday (4)

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion and is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  

I'm highlighting words that are new to me/that I really like/that struck me for some reason..!

This week my words are all taken from The Moon Field by Judith Allnatt, a very moving story set in 1914, which I am two-thirds through reading.

revetting (verb) - 'Exhausted by the digging and revetting…'

To retain (an embankment, for example) with a layer of stone, concrete, or other supporting material; provide with a revetment.

cyanotic (adjective) - '…their hair and beards rimed white, their faces with a blue, cyanotic pallor.'

A bluish discolouration of the skin and mucous membranes resulting from inadequate oxygenation of the blood.

3 bole (noun) - 'He got behind the bole of one of the larger trees…'

The trunk of a tree.

4 estaminet (noun) - 'When at rest, he went with Haycock and the others to the warm estaminets; he saw their spirits revive with food and drink.'

A small café
(from French, perhaps from Walloon dialect staminet manger)

Definitions from the free dictionary


  1. All these words were unfamiliar. Don't you just love reading and finding new words? It's the best!

  2. All of those words are new to me. I think I'll try to use bole on someone to see what kind of reaction I get.

  3. Some familiar, others not. As always a great selection.

  4. Very interesting list of new words. Cyanotic interested me. I've seen that bluish tinge in people be had no idea there was a special word for it.

  5. Bole is a new meaning for the trunk of a tree for me.

  6. Fascinating list. I like the sound of each of them! Thanks for visiting my Tuesday intro post.

  7. Hi Lindsay,

    Some excellent words and a great new book and author for my reading list.

    The only one of your words I know is 'bole', all the others are new to me, although I like the meaning of revetting. That would be a good word to catch people out with by using it in a sentence, as everyone would assume it had something to do with a 'vet' and therefore something to do with treating animals ... I'm sure I can slip this new word into a conversation somewhere!

    Thanks for sharing,


  8. I have so many lists of words I've meant to look up and never got around to... complete with page numbers from books I was reading at the time. Love that you're doing this.


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