Word Nerd: November
This month is a mixture of archaic and contemporary. How do some of the cool words of the past slip out of usage?
- iwis: certainly (obsolete)
2. crepuscular: of, relating to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.
3. mizzle: to rain in fine drops; drizzle; mist (I am so finding a way to use this in a story)
4. sagacious: having or showing great mental discernment; wisdom (I know this one, but haven’t yet found a way to insert it into any conversation)
5. gree: the prize for victory
6. zephyr: a gentle, mild breeze (so adore this word)
7. tantivy: to ride at full gallop
8. quiddity: the essence of something; its essential nature
9. soniferous: making or producing sound
10. chunter: to mutter
11. cavil: to raise trivial objections
12. hypethral: open roof (like the Globe theater!)
13. stownlins: secretly; stealthily
13. lunker: something unusually large for its kind
14. hypermnesia: having an unusually precise memory
15. cleek: to grab something unexpectedly; snatch
Such a preponderance of dictional expression! Which cleeked your fancy?