Another word I've seen before, but I didn't really think of it as word (just as a meaningless Spanish-sounding name). In the wonderful Tintin books by Hergé, one of the recurring characters who appears in several stories is a General Alcazar who was constantly either overthrowing the government of his fictional Latin American country or … Continue reading Linguistic Jokes
I'm not doing a great job about getting these up each Wednesday and Friday (having missed last week), but I think it's getting better. Anyway, I don't normally do consecutive words because if I ever hope to get through the letter A, much less the OED entirely, I can't get bogged down. This needs to … Continue reading It’s a Gene Wolfe Word!
from a treetopemptiness dropped downin a cicada shellkozue yoriadami ochi kerisemi no kara~BashoTranslated by Jane Reichhold
a weird dark nighta fox crawls on the groundfor a beautiful melonyami no yo to sugokukitsune shita bautama makuwa~BashoTranslated by Jane Reichhold
Ancient poetic forms seem to have had more rigorous rules to follow. I sure wouldn't be able to write a poem worth anything following these rules.Alcaic, n. and adj.Prosody. A. n.A poem, strophe (stanza), or line written in Alcaic metre (see sense B.). Usually in plural.B. adj.Written or composed in a metre traditionally attributed to Alcaeus; relating to or characteristic … Continue reading An Archaic Form
It's kinda nice to know there's a word out there that means the opposite of blaming someone who brings bad news.albricia, n.Compare Catalan albixena (late 13th cent.), albíxera (14th cent. or earlier), etc. (often in plural; compare albricies (plural), Portuguese alvissara (13th cent.).Arabic bišāra (in Spanish Arabic usually bušāra) is ultimately < bašara to rejoice, … Continue reading Not Shooting the Messenger
in a summer rainthe leg of the cranebecomes shortersamidare nitsuru no ashimijikaku nareri~BashoTranslated by Jane Reichhold
It's been a while since I had an obscure female variation on a common word. This is one I never even thought about being possible or necessary. It seems more obscure than most of the others I've come across so far.albiness, n.Now hist. and rare.A female albino.
A nice useful word; it's a shame it's obsolete. Think about it for a second, you could use this in all kinds of situations. Fun bonus fact: it's a combination of two words, one of which is "all". So there's another obsolete word coming up when I eventually get to the next letter of the … Continue reading All Together Now
still summerthe harvest moon too hotto enjoy the coolnessnatsu kaketemeigetsu atsukesuzumi kana~BashoTranslated by Jane Reichhold