Morning all! It feels like ages since I last did a vocab post and that one had a bit of an architectural theme. Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent some time reading about the enthralling (ahem) history of the water system in the north of Paris and the incredible 19th century sewers. As a result there are now a few water-related words in my dictionary-check notebook.
Here are my nine favourite new words from everything I’ve looked up recently.
Dunette nf – poop deck (nautical)
Fosse nf – grave, pit, sandpit (sport)
Fiacre nm – (hackney) cab, carriage
Jaillir v – to spurt out, to gush (liquid). To flow (tears). To flash on (light).
Dalle nf – paving stone, slab, flagstone (pavement)
Glaise nf – clay
Lanternon nm – another word for lanterneau – lantern, skylight
Moisson nf – harvest
Ruisseler v – to stream (light/liquid), to flow, stream (liquid)
By the way, if you’re going to Paris or are there already and want to know more about the sewers, there’s a stinky but brilliant Sewer Museum that I wrote a post about last year.