Definitions

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  • n. Affectedly archaic or elaborate speech writing.
  • n. An affected or over-elaborate style of gardening or attitude towards gardens.

Etymologies

Both senses are allusions to Thomas Edward Brown's short 1876 poem, “My Garden”, which begins: “A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot.” (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is no need to descend to Godwottery, or even to know the difference between an aquilegia and an antirrhinum, in order to be enthralled by the ingenious and lovely permutations of shape, colour and texture – to say nothing of scent – which surround you.

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