Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy aka Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun.
RUSSIAN WINTER by Daphne Kalotay
agitprop - Nina sees them often enough, in the theater's personnel department, where government agents in civilian clothes comb through everyone's paperwork for anything worth reporting to their superiors; and at her performances at the various ministries, where officials in dark wool suits say demeaning things to their subordinates; and even in the Bolshoi concert hall, agitprop men from the Central Committee every now and then silently watching from dark seats all the way at the back of the theater, while the poor director trembles his way through a dress rehearsal. (p.177)
agitprop: an agency or department, as of a government, that directs and coordinates agitation and propaganda.
karakul - A week later Vera installs her black karakul coat and five pairs of shoes and a large travel trunk in the apartment that Nina left nearly a year and a half ago. (p. 182)
karakul: one of an Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult: raised esp. for lambskins used in the fur industry.
What new words did you discover this week?