button for Wondrous Words Wednesday memeWondrous 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.”

My word this week is from Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Billy Beale is describing his experience in World War I:

“Mind you, they didn’t get me coming out of a trench and over the top. No, it was all that business at Messines, not knowing whether the other lot were in the trench next door, or below us, and not knowin’ whether the buggers — pardon my language, Miss — but not knowin’ where they’d laid mines. Us sappers ‘ad our work cut out for us there.”

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary on my Kindle app, a sapper is “a military engineer who lays or detects and disarms mines.”
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Wondrous Words Wednesday — 6 Comments

  1. From reading military stuff, I learned that a sap is also a military trench or tunnel, and to sap was to dig one, the job of a sapper before explosives I guess.

    A sap is also a small weighted club, leather with a lead weight, or a sock with a potato in it. And, I could sap you with it, but I promise I won’t.

    Sap is also the wet stuff inside a tree, but I’d be a sap if I thought you didn’t know that already.

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