Vanka Glossary

Vanka Glossary

mallet

wooden hammer-like tool

Jesuitical

crafty, sly intriguing

snuff

a pinch of powdered tobacco

wigging

scolding

kopek

a unit of Russian currency; 1 rouble = 100 kopek

gruel

Cheaply made food with a runny consistency made from oatmeal or cornmeal and water designed to be served efficiently to large masses of diners.

cudgel

A short, thick club used as a weapon.

ikon

A religious relic.

jest

A funny remark containing an element of biting truth.

apprentice

A novice taken in by a master craftsman who instructs him in how to do the job.

furtively

Secretly and with cunning; surreptitiously.

deference

A show of respect and esteem.

larder

A non-refrigerated area for storing food.

vestibule

An entrance hall.

quadrille

A square dance with choreography that requires a minimum of four couples.

trifled

Messed with.

cobbler

A shoemaker.

redemption

Forgiveness of sins and salvation.

exploitation

Reaping the rewards of the work of others without proportionate compensation for the labor required.

menial

Lowly and unskilled.

pathos

The evocation of genuine pity and sadness without lapsing into manipuative sentimentality.

inquisitorial

A particuarly judgmental interrogative style.

triviality

A minor and seemingly insignificant detail--like a postage stamp--which has the potential to create disproportionately tragic consequences.

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