Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday , a weekly meme, is kindly hosted by Bermuda Onion.

This past week I read The Death of a Witch by M.C. Beaton, the latest in her Hamish McBeth series set in Scotland. Tuesday Teaser is also from this book. Two words are native to that area that I have never heard before.

Bothy: (noun)

A bothy is a basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge. It was also a term for basic accommodation, usually for gardeners or other workers on an estate. Bothies are to be found in remote, mountainous areas of Scotland, northern England and Wales. They are particularly common in the Scottish Highlands. A bothy was also a semi-legal drinking den in the Isle of Lewis. These, such as Bothan Eoropaidh, were used until recent years as gathering points for local men, and were often situated in an old hut or caravan. (definition taken from Wikipedia)

Teuchter :

Someone from the HIGHLANDS of Scotland. NOT always from the East coast as everyone likes to think. Usually come from rural areas of the highlands, where Gaelic is spoken in parts. Often mocked for their 'heeland' accents and lack of knowledge about city living. Most think we live in an area with no technology, but they too have broadband, mobile phones and TV. Basically the Scottish equivalent of an American hick. ( definition taken from Urban Dictionary)

What new words did you come across this week in your reading?


  1. I love your new words! I'm trying to figure out how I can incorporate bothy into a conversation, but I don't think it's going to work. Thanks for playing along this week.

  2. Wow, what great new words. I love that word Bothy!

  3. Great words. I especially like the meaning of bothy.

  4. What great words! I'm with the others, in really liking "bothy."

    My own words this week are here

  5. Oh, I haven't heard of this meme! It sounds like fun :) If only I could remember what words I had wanted to look up... ;P

  6. thanks for stopping by!

    It looks like there are some fun reading adventures here--I'll make myself aquainted with your site.

    the other kaye

  7. Bothies would certainly be handy in those remote areas! Great words this week...

  8. Awesome words!! Love the picture as well. I've always wanted to visit the region. Would Love to plop out those words talk like a native.

  9. I like this meme and will be playing next week. I love the word bothy!

  10. "Bothy" appeals to me, too. Both the concept and the sound of the word. I like to photo, too!

    I did Wondrous Words for the first time this week, it's here.


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