Wondrous Words. Words New To Me #4
I have three new words for today’s Wondrous Words. Words New To Me #4, a new instalment in this fascinating series. This time I have an interesting mix of words. The first word is from a non-fiction history book on the Spanish Civil War, it was from a quote of something a MP said. I am not sure if this word is still used today, as, obviously, nobody said it around me at any point.
The second word is from a word search puzzle, so I couldn’t figure out what it was without searching online. I think this is the first time I see an unknown word in a puzzle like that one. Also, I never watch cricket, mainly because I don’t know the rules. My husband pointed out that at Boat Race it’s umpire too, but I didn’t remember the term from there.
Lastly, augur is not exactly a new word for me. It is the same with a Romanian word. I just had no idea about its origins and that it is used in English, well, if someone ever talks/writes about specialised Roman priests that is. In Romanian the word means omen, in a positive way. It’s nothing special about it, just an everyday word that everybody knows and uses regularly.
dagoes, plural for dago is a disparaging term for a person of Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese descent.
umpire is a person who is present at a sports competition in order to make certain that the rules of that particular game are obeyed and to judge if particular actions are acceptable.
augur a Roman priest and official. He had to interpret the will of the gods and also played a role at inaugurations of kings.
Are you familiar with these words? I am curious about the first, mostly, if it’s still used or known today or not. Tell me your thoughts in the comments.