Using them and introducing them to readers who have never before seen them is a treat. I love sprinkling these little gems throughout my story.
I’ve had a lot of fun finding new words for Scattered Stones. They are—of course—archaic because Ath-o’Lea is in the past, long ago before electricity and engines and words like trailer.
I’ve decided to create a small glossary in the back of the book for readers who want to know the exact meaning of the words.
Here is my short list with a few of the sentences they appeared in.
aught: anything at all
byrgels: ancient word for burial ceremony
clothier: a person or company that makes, sells, or deals in clothes or cloth.
Halfway to the castle, he looked down Fletcher Street where his sisters operated their dress shop Sew in Style Clothier.
gamphrell: fool; presumptuous, forward person
“Don’t make a gamphrell of yourself.” Tam guided the horse forward. “The lady and lord of Wyvern are not your tavern horde.”
jade: disreputable woman; a flirtatious girl
malapert: impudent person
“Suppose I believe this story.” Orenda glared down at the elf. “What then? Shall we part as friends and continue our search for the malapert? Or shall we join alliances and kill Elspeth together?”
mooncalf: foolish person
It will darken enough to blind you, Somerled had said, but if your feet keep on the nigh, you’ll find your way. Upon approach to the dungeon, the torch light seeping through the cracks in the wall will illuminate your target.
pizzle: to flog with a dried bull’s penis
To add insult to his rejection, she forced him to strip to his shorts and carry his possessions while he walked through the castle and the small settlement to the village gates. Along the way, the inhabitants pizzled him and taunted him with words, testing his self-control to remain calm.
quean: an impudent or ill-behaved girl or woman.
strumpet: a female prostitute or a promiscuous woman
termagant: a harsh-tempered or overbearing woman
“Rhiannon, I’m sorry Kellyn dumped you here. I’m sorry she hurt you. She can be such an inconsiderate termagant.”
Do you look for special words to use in your stories?