New Words

During my convalescence after very minor surgery, I have been reading a lot, and using the dictionary, and reveling in words. I can’t take long to write about all my fun discoveries, but one new-to-me word came up in two very different books, within the week: faience.

Rosemary Sutcliff used it in Mark of the Horse Lord in describing a Pictish pendant hanging from a warrior’s neck. And M.F.K. Fisher used it in Long Ago in France to describe mustard pots she knew in Dijon in the 1930’s. I found a photo of a French mustard pot to show here, and one explanation more helpful than the basic dictionary one: “Majolica, delft, and faience are really names for similar ceramic products. An earthenware body is covered with an opaque enameled glaze, usually colorfully decorated.”

I wonder if this one I found online is anything like what Mary Frances saw.

Stay tuned for more word findings!

4 thoughts on “New Words

  1. I love playing around with words and isn't it fascinating how they come at us in twos and threes sometimes? I mean once you hear a new word, you keep hearing it? Amazing! I am trying to figure out a way to teach vocabulary to my students that involves falling in love with new words. Great post, GJ!


  2. Hi there, thought I'd pop by your blog and say hello 🙂
    You know, I agree about the footage of the births in the film. I was moved to tears in those moments, especially seeing how much beautiful teamwork those husbands and wives had during the birthing. What a blessing that you were able to birth at home, wow.

    I'm looking forward to stopping by your blog more often.



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