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bard commented on the word nortelrye
A word meaning "education" that Chaucer used once - a hapax legomenon - in The Reeve's Tale:
She was as digne as water in a dich,
She was as haughty as water in a ditch,
And ful of hoker and of bisemare.
And full of disdain and of scorn.
Hir thoughte that a lady sholde hire spare,
She thought that a lady should be aloof,
What for hire kynrede and hir nortelrie
Considering her family and her education
That she hadde lerned in the nonnerie.
Which she had learned in the nunnery.
September 17, 2008
bard commented on the word bodegeschmack
Which is what the French call goût de terroir, the taste of the land. It is robust, boldly flavored, down-to-earth cooking.
June 19, 2008
bard commented on the word electric sheep
Also a short story by ZBS... click here to see a flash presentation a fan did of it: Android Sisters
bard commented on the word gala
Well simply that "meat" or "flesh" is not usually associated with merry-go-rounds and ferris wheels... Giving up meat for Lent is a fairly traditional "sacrifice," but again, celebrating one's sacrifices seems a bit incongruous and dark for a child's entertainment. Of course back in the day, kiddies weren't protected from reality, so it was no big thing, just like gallows events. Disney has done horrible things to our children in shielding them from truth.
Then again, chili con carne is just not chili worth bothering with. *wink*
June 17, 2008
bard commented on the word curple
1) the small of the waist before the flare of the hips
2) a derriere, rump or behind.
bard commented on the word crants
A garland carried before the bier of a maiden.Obs.
Yet here she is allowed her virgin crants, Her maiden strewments.--Shakespeare
bard commented on the word electuary
A drug mixed with sugar and water or honey into a pasty mass suitable for oral administration. Flavoured cough syrup and medicines for kids are electuaries.
bard commented on the word oubliette
It's a place you put people... to forget about 'em!
Hoggle was quite correct; from the French word oubliez which means 'to forget.' Oh how I do love that movie!
Back in the good old days when public executions were common occurrences and even celebrations... this was originally a "gallows" event, which was shortened and eroded down to "gala" over time. A rather gruesome origin for such a cheerful term, rather like "carnival."
bard commented on the word agley
The best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agley" - often go astray, that is...
bard commented on the word lachrymal
This is also found as a noun: Any number of small vases in an ancient Roman sepulchre popularly believed to have been a receptacle for the tears of mourners. I find this definition to be particularly elegant and rather touching.
bard commented on the word cicatrix
A puckered scar
bard commented on the word cicatrizant
A medicine or application that promotes the formation of a cicatrix, and the healing of the wounded part
bard commented on the word wulm
I found this word, and the definition "the tiny bubbles moving up the sides of a pot just as it's about to boil" quite some time ago, but can find no documentation for it now. Sometimes I wonder if I made it up, or imagined the whole thing.
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