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  • The night was spissy darkness itself; the sky was completely overcast, and it seemed to us as if fate was wholly relentless, in pursuing us with such a cruel complication of disasters.
    --Owen Chase, 1821, Narrative of the most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex of Nantucket

    July 10, 2011

  • Spissy means dense, compact (Oxford English Dictionary).

    June 23, 2011