Wondrous Words Wednesday (2nd July)

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at BermudaOnions Weblog where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

This week my two words are both from Poverty and Progress by B. S. Rowntree, which I have finally finished:

Quinquennium – A period of 5 years (after finding out the explanation, I suddenly feel dumb not working it out).

Charing – In the book I got the impression it was a job, and apparently a ‘charwoman’ was someone who was hired to clean and tidy a house.  However, when I looked it up it had other meanings – to burn or scorch; to reduce to carbon or charcoal.

 

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