Benison (noun) – a blessing, esp oral, or benediction. ‘The autumn sunshine was a benison, which could not be expected to last’ Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James
Today I’ve been prioritizing reading over writing but someone thought she might take advantage of it being a quiet night and pop up to say hello! Allow me to introduce the transversal geodesic round these parts, otherwise known as Lil-Pups. LP would like it to be known that she is a big fan of books, … More Word of the day is …dog!
Grace note (noun) a notation in written music, indicating the presence of a note which is not essential to the melody or harmony but which instead provides a musical embellishment or ornamentation. Grace notes are used extensively in the notation of traditional Irish music and the main trad show on RTE Lyric fm takes its … More Word of the day
Brachylogy (Gram.); ‘short speech’. Irregular shortening down of expression. Less sugar, This is no use & A is as good or better than B, are brachylogies for Less of sugar, This is of no use, & A is as good as or better than B; the first is established as idiomatic, the others are still … More Word of the day
Lemniscate (noun, maths.) A closed plane curve of two symmetrical loops meeting at a node. In algebraic geometry, a lemniscate may describe any of several figure-eight or similar shaped curves. Originating 18th century, from the latin lemniscatus meaning adorned with ribbons. Characteristic examples include the symbol for infinity or some representations of a Möbius strip.
Not one this time, but ten! This list of lost words has some evocative and new-to-me items that I’ll be trying out on unsuspecting conversation partners over the next while, though I must admit uhtceare and I are already on speaking terms. There’s also a tumblr for further edification! Enjoy!
“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
Otiose (adj) serving no useful purpose, producing no result or effect; (rare) indolent, lazy, disinclined to exertion I came across otiose used in this review of David Crystal’s new book which he co-wrote with his wife Hilary. I always enjoy David Crystal’s books, I have since I first encountered him while studying linguistics at university, … More Word of the day
WORSHIP One thousand miles away our churches stand empty. But we are alive and we give thanks. Five villages’ worth of Aleuts gather in the field under a steady rain. The hem of God brushes our upturned faces. The first entry in my series of favourite lines is from the verse novel Aleutian Sparrow by … More Laying it on the line 1 – Aleutian Sparrow
This is the start of an occasional series in which I plan to highlight some of my favourite quotes or lines of text from my accumulated reading. The books may or may not be on my list of favourite reads, and they may not even be texts I’d wholeheartedly recommend, but the lines themselves will … More Laying it on the line