Lazaruz Vault by Tom Harper tells of knights and castles; a 12th century poem kept deep in a Scottish forest. The star character, a gradschool student lured by old world affluence, is wondering about what lies on the 6th floor of her employer’s headquarters as much as I furrowed my brow over some words in the story. There could be more as I haven’t touched chapters 20 – 53 yet. I make each vocabulary simple with just the obvious term of the definition and reminders intended to warn my mind against wandering off.
1. hauberk is a shirt not a partner in crime
2. bittern is a bird not a betel nut
3. fascia is tissue not a hue
4. vavasour is a tenant not a sour guava
5. breton is a horse not a variant spelling of briton
6. brigand is an outlaw not a brigadier
7. declension is an inflection not necessarily a decline
8. donjon is a keep not a dungeon
9. seneschal is a butler not Senegal in the 2000 FIFA World Cup
10. fewter is a holder not Harry Potter’s cauldron
11. letch is a satyr not the grub in Lion King
12. tannoy is a loudspeaker not a tan alloy
13. proscenium is a wall not “Mr Van Helsing, your reputation precedes you.”
Megan and Janet hosts Thursday 13.