tasseomancy: Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.
I was no student of tasseomancy. I could not remember what the coil of a serpent meant. (pg. 45 Silent in the Grave).
Adjective: Bitter and abusive.
" Be cheered. I am certain he has been harassed by more vituperative women than you. .." (pg. 76 Silent in the Grave)
"This is Theophilus Monk, my lady. My factotum, for lack of a better word..." (pg. 105 Silent in the Grave).