Wondrous Words Wednesday is a lovely meme hosted by Bermuda Onion each week to highlight new (to us) words that we come across in our daily reading.
This week I’m rereading Mansfield Park for Austen in August with Adam and with Melissa from Avid Reader’s Musings.
This week I have used the Free Dictionary for my definitions.
eclairissement – “Mr Rushworth had set off early with the great news for Sotherton; and she had fondly hoped for such an immediate eclaircissement as might save him the trouble of ever coming back again.”
This phrase comes from the French royal palace.The Menus-Plaisirs du Roi was the department responsible for the “lesser pleasures of the King”, which meant in practice that it was in charge of all the preparations for ceremonies, events and festivities, down to the last detail of design and order.
negus – “creeping up the principal staircase, pursued by the ceaseless country-dance, feverish with hopes and fears, soup and negus, sore-footed and fatigued”.
I found out about negus on a food and drink site. It was a popular party drink in Georgian and Victorian times containing port, lemon, boiling water, sugar and nutmeg.