Wondrous Words Wednesday
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermudaonion’s Weblog. Kathy says: “Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.”
These words are all from Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger, Book Review: Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger. The new words were defined in the book, so the quotes are also the definitions.
A derecho is a unique storm system, a bow-shaped formation of towering black clouds that generate straight-line winds of hurricane force. (p. ix)
The Author’s Note describes a derecho that developed on July 4, 1999 and stormed with hundred-mile an hour winds across the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, into Ontario, then New York and New England before heading out to sea. Not done yet, the storm turned back south, weaker now, but continuing from South Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico before falling apart, a total trek of six thousand miles.
“Where are we?” Jenny asked.
“Someplace not many folks know about. Probably the only ones who do are Shinnob.”
He used the word that was shorthand for the Anishinaabeg, the First People, who were also known as Ojibwe or Chippewa. Anishinaabe blood ran through Cork and, therefore, through his daughter Jenny. (p. 8 )
“A cigarette boat!” Stephen cried.
“What’s a cigarette boat?” Rose asked.
“A long, fast powerboat,” he replied. “They’re called cigarette boats because they’ve been used a lot to smuggle cigarettes into Canada. They were designed to outrun the boats the Coast Guard and customs people have.” (p. 68)
I did know cigarette boat and I’m not sure why. I don’t think I could even pronounce Anishinaabeg!
All your words are interesting but I’m caught up thinking about derecho. I love to follow weather and I remember the unusual path of that storm. I don’t recall hearing the word, however.
All your words are new to me. I really like derecho–and I particularly like the mention of the Boundary Waters in the explanation. I’ve been there!
Here’s mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/08/wondrous-words-wednesday.html