This would usually be my post as part of the ‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ meme, which is hosted by the lovely Kathy @ BermudaOnion blog. However, Kathy is taking an extended and well-earned break from blogging, so I am sending her all Best Wishes and hope to have her back again very soon, she is sorely missed 🙂
I have so many new to me words stacking up, that I thought I would share just a few of them with you anyway, in the hope that Kathy won’t mind too much!
During these past few ‘lockdown’ weeks, I have been playing some random online puzzle games to keep my brain from shrivelling up completely. One such challenge is called ‘Outspell’, which in essence is very similar to ‘Scrabble’, where you play against a computer opponent. Despite the fact that I have occasionally managed to outwit my electronic foe, it has managed to throw up a few random words which I have double checked, as they looked so dubious! I thought I might share a few with you:
AIRT – A Scottish word for a point of the compass, in relation to direction. Derived from the Scottish Gaelic word ‘aird’, for a point of the compass, in relation to height.
COLE – Any of several brassicas, especially any of the various crop plants such as broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi, derived from the same wild cabbage (Brassica oleracea).
CAY – A cay , also spelled caye or key, is a small, low-elevation, sandy island on the surface of a coral reef.
SWINK – To toil, slave or work hard.
1. A small horny protuberance on the back of each of a horse’s fetlocks.
2. A fungal disease of rye and other cereals in which black elongated fruiting bodies grow in the ears of the cereal. Eating contaminated food can result in ergotism. The fruiting bodies of the ergot fungus, are used as a source of certain medicinal alkaloids, especially for inducing uterine contractions or controlling post-partum bleeding.
That’s all for this time, although my next post is already filling up with more new to me words. How many of this week’s did you know? 🙂