I am totally in a -12 degree wind chill outside, everything is blah, funk. But - words are fun! So in an attempt to cheer myself up, here are a few words - mostly from books that I thought were pretty meh, which doesn't help - that I thought were interesting ...
1 noun: an awkward gawky youth - usually referencing a young man or boy.
1 adjective: awkward or clumsy.
Origin: unknown OR + boy
First Known Use: 1530 - 1540
1: an old woman
an old woman, esp an ugly or malicious one; hag
--- witch, crone, hag
First Known Use: 1520
Wait, what??? this word went from standing for grandmother to standing for witch or hag??? What happened? The original construction is beautiful woman - what the heck is the etymology of this word?
dame + , , , belle ). in-laws.
I will try to sort this out later. Sheesh!
1: The head; the pate.
2: A stupid fellow; a loggerhead; a blockhead.[Vulgar in both senses]
from The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, Part 11
edited by William Dwight Whitney
From A New Dictionary of the Terms Ancient and Modern of the Canting Crew, In its several Tribes of Gypsies, Beggers, Thieves, Cheats, &c. with An Addition of some Proverbs, Phrases, Figurative Speeches, &c. Useful for all sorts of People, (especially Foreigners) to secure their Money and preserve their Lives; besides very Diverting and Entertaining, being wholly New by which was published in London in 1699
a "jobbernoll" means "a very silly Fellow."
" Calf," meaning a fool (as witness Cotgraves definition of " Veau, a calfe or veale ; also alozell, hoydon, dunce, jobbernoll, doddipole" from Elizabethan England..
(this one was tough because the Jobberknoll from Harry Potter has almost driven out the original word!)
Origin: French, literally, twenty-one (Well duh! I clearly didn't think that one through.)
First Known Use: 1772
: an 18th century wig with the back hair enclosed in a small silk bag
gadroon /ɡəˈdro͞on /
1: the ornamental notching or carving of a rounded molding
2: a short often oval fluting or reeding used in decoration
— gadroon transitive verb
— ga·droon·ing noun
Origin late 17th century: from French godron, probably related to goder 'to pucker', also to godet.
|American railroad holloware creamer jug with |
gadrooning on the lower body (Wikipedia)
Happy Wednesday! Stay Warm !