Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

The Wordnik Word of the Day for December 30, 2010

I thought as I received notable words from Wordnik's Word of the Day service, I'd post them here. Here's today's. If you like, sign-up for Wordnik's Word of the Day service yourself.

pelter

(noun) A shower of missiles; a storm, as of falling rain, hailstones, etc.

(noun) A passion; a fit of anger.

(noun) A dealer in skins or hides; a skinner.

(noun) A mean, sordid person; a pinchpenny; a skinflint.

(noun) In poker, a hand which has no card higher than a nine and no chance for a flush or straight: sometimes called Chicago pelter. Also, kilter.

The 'skin' meaning of 'pelter' comes from the Latin 'pellis,' skin, while the 'strike' sense comes from the Latin 'pulsare,' to beat.

Example:

"Colonel Boone had but to hear him out and bare his shoulders for such other blows which Judge Wright sought to pelter him, and we will hear with what blow he was driven from his post as Indian Agent."



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