widdershins has looked up 11 words, created 10 lists, listed 135 words, written 25 comments, added 8 tags, and loved 2 words.

Comments by widdershins

  • thanks, done!!

    June 11, 2009

  • Archaic french spelling of vetiver.

    January 14, 2009

  • hey bilby, I've been a bit busy recently, and wordie generally threatens to take up too much of my time; but I'm going to get back into it. Here's to amelioration!

    April 20, 2008

  • In ancient universities like Oxford and Cambridge, this means to suspend a student - presumably resulting in their return to their country house.

    January 3, 2008

  • For me, rickshaw will never be a perp word, because I can't help thinking of the cute little yellow bubbles that hare around the streets of India (what would be called tuk tuks in Thailand).

    January 3, 2008

  • Three chevrons gules on a field argent.

    January 3, 2008

  • So many of these words are evocative of a medieval city and its industries. Reminds me very strongly of Fez - the most medieval feeling place I've ever been, particularly the tanneries.

    January 3, 2008

  • I think clerestory covers it. At least, Wikipedia thinks so.

    December 29, 2007

  • Hey bilby, on windaz you asked if there was a word for high up windows that let light in. I think clerestory is the one you're after - have a look at wikipedia, it has pictures.

    December 29, 2007

  • Brilliant list, Scots has so many great words. Horny-golach has to be my favourite.

    December 27, 2007

  • According to Wikipedia, it comes from the Greek words kalos, 'beautiful' and sthénos, 'strength'.

    December 26, 2007

  • A work which describes the work and schools of thought of past (particularly classical) thinkers.

    December 26, 2007

  • Perhaps picaresque? I love the word, and the album.

    December 26, 2007

  • yey!

    December 22, 2007

  • Ooh, "apricot wash," I like that!

    December 22, 2007

  • Or a light reddish brown.

    December 22, 2007

  • To enchant or bewitch.

    December 22, 2007

  • Can't this also mean very complex, particularly when related to bureaucracy and such? Or am I making that up?

    December 22, 2007

  • In this Muslim world, this would be called a mihrab, or prayer niche.

    December 22, 2007

  • In a catacomb, this is the arched bit set back from the wall that holds coffins.

    December 22, 2007

  • Synonymous with belvedere.

    December 22, 2007

  • Also can be a cupola with a staircase within. Can be known as a widow's walk.

    December 22, 2007

  • Can also be architectural: "A cupola is a dome-shaped ornamental structure placed on the top of a larger roof or dome. In some cases, the entire main roof of a tower or spire can be a cupola. More frequently, however, the cupola is a smaller structure which sets on top of the main roof."

    December 22, 2007

  • I think this used to mean sherry, more specifically.

    December 22, 2007

  • It means malodorous tobacco.

    December 22, 2007

  • I fie upon you!

    October 4, 2007

  • My friend uses this as a badass exclamation e.g. "Dude that band was weapon!" Try it sometime - it's very satisfying.

    October 4, 2007

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  • Ok widder, when you're ready we'll be waiting with open arms/lists. What more could you want? :-)

    April 20, 2008

  • Where are you?

    April 19, 2008

  • Excellent suggestion! I knew wordie would have a genius for the job! Thanks :-)

    December 30, 2007