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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 26, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post, and come back to add your link to Mr. Linky!

I discovered two new words in The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.

1. sidhe – “I am resting in my tree, minding my own business and wondering if I should hunt today, when you come flying in like a bean sidhe and scare off every bird for miles around.”

Sidhe isn’t in my dictionary, so I relied on to find the defintion.  According to it, sidhe is a noun that means

Supernatural creatures of Irish and Scottish folklore, who live in Sidhe; fairies, “people of fairy mounds”.


2. hart – “If, at any point, it attempts to speak to me directly, I will turn it into a hart and set my hounds after it until it collapses from exhaustion or is torn apart.”

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know this word.  A hart is the male of the red deer especially when over five years old.


Have you discovered any new words lately?

33 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2011 4:18 am

    I have never come across sidhe before – very interesting excerpt.

  2. January 26, 2011 5:48 am

    I didn’t remember it, but I am sure I have seen the word Sidhe somewhere before…

  3. January 26, 2011 6:55 am

    “bean sidhe” go together. It is the Celtic spelling for banshee. A screaming female spirit (ghost or fairy, supernatural being) whose screams portend death.

  4. January 26, 2011 7:40 am

    Bean sidhe- very interesting. It’s funny how bean sidhe can meaning nothing to someone (ie me), whilst banshee is well known and obvious. I didn’t know what a hart was either, I shouldn’t feel too bad Kathy.

  5. January 26, 2011 8:14 am

    I didn’t know about hart either.

  6. kaye permalink
    January 26, 2011 8:38 am

    Interesting about the bean sidhe! Good word choices this week.

  7. January 26, 2011 8:49 am

    I had no clue about the first one but I did know hart for some strange reason!

  8. January 26, 2011 8:51 am

    I knew hart, but not sidhe, so that’s a new one for me today! It’s so funny, I got the third book in this series yesterday for review, but I don’t have the other two, so I am going to have to get them on the Kindle now! But I am looking forward to them!

  9. January 26, 2011 9:00 am

    And even better (or worse), sidhe is pronounced like “she”

  10. January 26, 2011 10:23 am

    I didn’t know “hart” either. I’ve run into sidhe before.

  11. January 26, 2011 10:35 am

    I didn’t know “hart” either though I kind of knew sidhe because of an Irish girlfriend of mine who used it.

  12. January 26, 2011 12:45 pm

    I didn’t know ‘hart’, either, Kathy! Great words this week to add to my list–thanks!

  13. January 26, 2011 1:16 pm

    Have you ever noticed how new words from one particular book seem to reflect the flavor of a story. Such is the case with your two new words. It’s easy for me to imagine the outdoor setting here with sidhe and hart.

  14. January 26, 2011 2:20 pm

    I think you should require us to use your Wednesday Words in a sentence.

    I am not in love with sidhe books…some fae’s scare me.

  15. January 26, 2011 2:20 pm

    Embarrassed? I never know your words:)

  16. January 26, 2011 2:22 pm

    Great words this week!

  17. January 26, 2011 2:44 pm

    Sidhe I knew, shame on me if I did not, but never head hart

  18. January 26, 2011 3:23 pm

    I’ve heard hart before – probably from all the early English lit I’ve read over the years. But sidhe was new to me (thanks for that one!).

  19. January 26, 2011 3:57 pm

    somehow, I knew both words. strange how the brain works — way back in the filing cabinet of my brain I found these two index cards!
    Thanks so much for stopping by On the Bookcase on Mailbox Monday.

  20. January 26, 2011 4:19 pm

    The version of Snow White that my dad read to us had the huntsman return with the heart of a hart, instead of Snow White’s heart as the evil queen ordered. For that odd reason, I knew the word hart before I knew how to read.

  21. January 26, 2011 4:36 pm

    I love learning sidhe- how fun. Always like the Irish mythology.

  22. January 26, 2011 5:47 pm

    I’m another who didn’t know the word ‘hart’ or sidhe for that matter – though I’m sure I’ve seen the word before.

  23. January 26, 2011 6:29 pm

    Don’t feel bad I had no clue about hart either!

  24. January 26, 2011 7:30 pm

    sidhe is a well used word in Monig’s Fever series and it’s one that I can proudly say I know that one.

    Girl have to impress you sometimes you know 🙂

  25. January 26, 2011 9:20 pm

    2 very interesting words this week. I keep meaning to read with post-its by my side so that when I come across wondrous words, I will write them down and join in on the fun with you…maybe next week.

  26. January 26, 2011 9:28 pm

    My guess was that bean sidhe was another way of saying banshee, so I was glad Nicola said something about that, because otherwise I would have been sitting around here wondering whether or not I was right. 🙂

  27. January 26, 2011 9:32 pm

    I have read enough fantasy that you would think I would have come across “sidhe”, but I haven’t. That’s a great word! Here’s mine:

  28. January 26, 2011 9:35 pm

    I knew sidhe looked familiar but couldn’t place it. Glad you shared those two words.

  29. January 27, 2011 11:27 am

    I’m a day late to Wednesday Words, so sorry!
    I have no idea why you’re embarassed! I didn’t know Hart either, I’ve, honestly, never heard this word!
    Sidhe was familiar to me but I couldn’t remember exactly what it meant I just knew it had something to do with the Irish! It always strikes me as odd that Irish folklore is rife with fairies and supernatural creatures. The Irish seem to practical for that….must be all the alcohol! lol (I’m 3/4 Irih so I can say that! lol)

    Great words!

  30. January 27, 2011 9:05 pm

    so cool I knew #1!!!

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