Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Kathy over at Bermudaonion's Weblog hosts Wondrous Words Wednesday. If you come across a word (or two) while reading that is new to you and would like to share your new knowledge, then hop over to Kathy's place and link up!

Here's what I've got this week from That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis:

Seccotined: glued; from a brand of refined liquid fish glue used for gluing paper and card and as a binder in gesso, which remains flexible after drying. It is also used in the mounting of preserved insect specimens, as it can be dissolved in water if the specimen must be removed for further investigation.

Context:

"There was an odious little man in a peaked cap who talked to Cecil with a cigarette in his mouth, at least it wasn't in his mouth but seccotined onto his upper lip--"

4 comments:

bermudaonion said...

What an interesting word - the origin of it fascinates me. Thanks for playing along!

JNCL said...

Whoa, this one's kind of crazy. I love when brand names become such a part of a culture that they can actually become verbs! It's kind of like when we say that we Scotch taped something together.

Tea said...

Never in the world heard this word. The description of the man with the cig seccotined to his mouth makes me feel a lack of trust for him.(: Is he up to no good?

Louise said...

I'd never heard of seccotine(d) either. It makes you wonder how it smells if it's made from fish. I wonder if it's still made. I'd never heard of gesso either!