Rabbit Trail: Uncommon words

Estimated time: 10 minutes

Some words in this book are no longer used, and some are only used in British English. Let's take a deeper look at some of these.

Atomies

  • Book 1, Chapter 5
  • Refers to a skeleton
  • Usage of this word has dropped off dramatically since the 1800s in both British and American English.

Apostrophise

  • Book 2, Chapter 5
  • "But it's not worth your while to apostrophise me...."
  • The definition is to address a passage in speech to someone. The connotation here seems to be equivalent to, "No need to lecture me about it."
  • This word just isn't used anymore.

Pillory

  • Book 2, Chapter 2.
  • See the link below to read more and see a drawing.

pillory | Definition, History, & Examples

Pillory, an instrument of corporal punishment consisting of a wooden post and frame fixed on a platform raised several feet from the ground. The head and hands of the offender were thrust through holes in the frame (as were the feet in the stocks) so as to be held fast and exposed in front of it.

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