Interestingly, this word is related to the word "fang". I find that connection, in light of the meaning of this word, fascinating.afong, v.Obs.1. To take by force or authority; hence, to seize, apprehend.2. To take (what is offered), to accept.3. To receive (a person), to welcome.4. To receive, get, come into possession of.b. intr. To … Continue reading By hook or by crook.
A short little word, apparently obsolete, with a variety of general and specific meanings.affy, v.Obs.1. trans. To trust, confide (a thing to a person); but from the beginning refl. To confide oneself, trust to, on, or in.2. intr. (by omission of refl. pron.) To confide, trust, rely, put trust. Const. in, rarely on.3. trans. To … Continue reading Trust me.
The origin of this word is from an Old French word meaning to hit someone in the face. The literal meaning didn't come over to English, but I like the emphasis placed on the severity via the analogy.affront, v.1. To insult (a person or thing personified) to his face, to treat with avowed or open … Continue reading No! Not the face!
We've all heard someone make a pun on "a frayed knot/afraid not", yeah? Turns out it's not just a stupid joke, the words really are connected.affray, v.Obs. or arch.1. To disturb, or startle, from sleep or quiet, as a sudden noise does; passing into the sense of alarm, as the effect of such startling. arch.b. … Continue reading License to pun
When my brothers and I used to cut up in church, my mother would do this with her knuckle. Got my attention, let me tell you. What a great word.affrap, v.Obs. rare.To strike, strike against. (With or without object expressed.)----------------Listening to: Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Live On - 12 - Live Onvia FoxyTunes
I hadn't thought of the words deriving from the sense of "forward", but it makes sense now that I've been told.afford, v.orig. To further, promote; hence achieve, manage to do, manage to give, have the power to give, give what is in one's power, supply, yield.1. To forward or advance to or towards completion: hence, … Continue reading I can see the connection to crossing rivers.
Flowers, anyway. For all the gardening I was contracted to do for my neighbors when I was in high school, you'd think I'd have picked up a bit more botanical knowledge. I had never heard of this flower and I'm still not clear on whether it the same or different from what I know as … Continue reading Poppies, poppies…er, wait.
Oh, no! It is not so. I played Pictionary, and my compadres could not guess "stick". I heard tree, limb, bough, branch, twig, sapling and numerous others, but never once did they say "stick". Next time my turn came to draw, I ended up with the following word and only got as far as a … Continue reading You’d think "stick" would be easier to draw.
A note on this word indicates that it was an early word that held the same meaning as "affect", but many of these senses are rarely used even for "affect" any longer.afaite, v.1. To affect, influence, incline, dispose, in any way.2. To bring into any shape, to fashion, mould; to adapt or prepare to or … Continue reading Even the modern term is passing out of use.
Equally well applied to my work on this blog, really.æstiferous, a.‘Ebbing and flowing as the tide.’ Bailey, vol. II, 1731. ‘Turbulent as the tide.’ Ash 1775.----------------Listening to: Dryve - Dryve - 12 - Thrifty Mr. Kickstarvia FoxyTunes