I had never seen this word in writing before, except in German class. Then, one day, trying to write about someone who had given a spiel, I looked it up and could not believe they were spelled exactly the same way. I will always feel odd using this word now.
Ah, so it is - and a much-enjoyed word, indeed! Thank you for pointing this out! I don't know why I didn't think to search for it. I suppose I was caught-up. Hmmm... Perhaps I should simply change it to "bescumber"? Do you think anyone will mind if I leave it in adjective form for the purposes of this list?
Sorry, I decided to add words first and go through them to add definitions and what have you later on. I'm working on it. To bescumber someone is to spray them with poo. I decided to list it in the past tense on the grounds that no one reading it is very likely to bescumber anyone else, but that some might enjoy using it as an insult (including myself, should I ever find an opponent worthy of such an exchange). I think calling someone a "bescumbered bufflehead" would be an awesome thing.
The most complete definition I've managed to find, however, is on reference.com, which explains that the glaistig comes from Scottish mythology and that its shape and intentions vary from story to story.
"The drunkest of Hrothgar's thanes come reeling and clanking down from their wall-hung beds, all shouting their meady, outrageous boasts, their heavy swords aswirl like eagles' wings. 'Woe, woe, woe!" cries Hrothgar, hoary with winters, peeking in, wide-eyed from his bedroom in back."
~ Grendel/John Gardner/1971 ~
Sep 17, 2009
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